UFC President Dana White rarely says anything nice about legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, citing previous negotiations with the PRIDE star’s management team he felt were highly unprofessional as the source of his intense dislike for “The Last Emperor”. However, at the end of the day White listens to fans, so there’s always a chance Emelianenko might one day grace the Octagon.
The 35-year old Russian also appears hopeful some level of reconciliation can be reached allowing him to one day fight in the UFC. Emelianenko recently addressed the possibility in an interview where he also discussed his upcoming bout with Pedro Rizzo.
“We’ll see,” said Emelianenko to GNP TV (through a translator) on the possibility of showing off his skills inside the organization’s infamous eight-sided structure.
The 33-4 Emelianenko also said, similar to his approach to fighting in the UFC, he plans to wait and see what happens against Rizzo rather than focusing on a singular outcome. The two seasoned competitors will meet on June 21 in Russia where Emelianenko will attempt to pick up his third straight win since parting ways with Strikeforce.
Check out the full interview below:
PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE
MMATraining Take: Sadly I don’t think the world will ever see Emelianenko in the Octagon. He’s already at the tail-end of his career and hasn’t shown he can compete with the level of opponent he’d have to face in the UFC. At this point I’d rather just see him pad his record with victories over guys with name-value rather than end things on a losing streak.