While the excitement has died down following the unexpected announcement that Fedor Emelianenko would come out of retirement to compete in Mixed Martial Arts once again, several fighters continue to ponder the Russian legend's potential match-ups, as well as the division he should compete in.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten is of the opinion that Fedor would be better suited in the promotion's 205-pound division. Speaking to Submission Radio, Rutten was keen to see Fedor shed a little extra weight to drop down to a division with fighter more his size.
"[Fedor] shouldn't be fighting at the heavyweight," Rutten explained. "The guy is like 225 pounds, just lose 15 pounds or something and then fight at 205. What an animal he would be at that [weight]. But then again he probably fights at the weight that he feels most comfortable, and I think against Bigfoot, if you have a guy who cuts down from 285 to 265, who was on the day of the fight 275 again, and then you're 230 pounds or maybe a little less and the guy has technique and he sits on top of you and he has control. Yeah that's just a lot of weight difference."
Rutten also added that he wouldn't be surprised if Fedor worked his way to a fight against former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
"If Jones goes back [to the UFC], he's an animal too," Rutten said. "But you know, when I look at Fedor, when I think about Fedor, I see him just crushing people in Japan. And if I think about him coming back - because maybe he had injuries and those were the reasons he started losing. I don't know - but just in my mind if I picture myself THAT Fedor coming back, I think sky's the limit for him. You know, even a Jon Jones. I don't know, he always find a way to win.
"Look at the Arlovski fight," Rutten elaborated. "You know, Arlovski was doing really good, really well, and then this one punch finished it all. And the way he punches against the Brett Rogers fight. Watch that in slow-motion where his punch leaves. Every fighter, pretty much all of them, they load up their punch. He's just holding it in mid air in front of him, and from there, 'Boop'. Suddenly the punch comes out and it nails him right on the button, super powerful, drops him with one shot. So any guy like that is just a dangerous guy."