Bellator MMA president Scott Coker is gearing up for tonight's event in Temecula, CA and then later the big Dynamite event next month, but questions are abound over whether or not his promotion will sign Fedor Emelianenko. The consensus greatest heavyweight of all-time announced his planned return to the sport earlier this year, but hasn't yet worked out who he'll be competing for. Coker obviously has a history with Fedor dating back to their Strikeforce days, something which he's acknowledged, but in an interview with MMA Junkie he said the promotion isn't interested in signing him.
"We've had conversations, but not about fighting," Coker said. "I just felt Fedor is a great legend. He's on the Mount Rushmore of MMA. We had a great time doing the fights together with Fedor (in Strikeforce) ... I felt like we've done it already with Fedor."
While it looks like Bellator MMA is not in the Fedor sweepstakes, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of bringing Fedor on board a year or so down the road:
"Let's let him come back and see how it works out for him, and then maybe we'll have him fight a couple years down the line, or next year, or whatever. The door is open, but I felt like at this point, Bellator is kind of on a little bit of a roll here. Would he add a lot of value? Yes. But we're just going to sit back and see what happens."
So while Fedor has made several appearances at Bellator fan events and physically attended their shows, it's not an indication that we'll see him in the Bellator cage any time soon. Just where Emelianenko heads next is still up in the air at this point.