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Fedor Emelianenko books Bellator ‘farewell tour,’ could face Rampage, Barnett

Fedor Emelianenko will end his career in Bellator.

Fedor Emelianenko
Fedor Emelianenko
Esther Lin

Fedor Emelianenko contemplated retirement following his 35 second KO loss to two-division Bellator champ Ryan Bader last January, but it looks like he will be putting those plans on hold for now. According to Scott Coker, Emelianenko has signed a multi-fight extension with Bellator, effectively ensuring that the MMA legend will be ending his career with the promotion.

Coker says he plans on bringing the heavyweight pioneer to multiple countries, with a retirement tour of sorts being possibly against the likes of fellow PRIDE stars Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Josh Barnett.

“This will be his farewell tour,” Coker said on Friday night as he announced the new signing. “We’ll do fights in locations we haven’t been before, multi-city, multi-continent.

“To me, Fedor is the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time. For him to end his career here in Bellator, it makes me very proud, very honored.”

Coker says more details of Fedor’s next fight will be announced soon, but they are targeting it to happen on November or December.

Fedor, now 42, had his two fight winning streak against Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir snapped by Bader early in 2019. The all-time great heavyweight has compiled a 38-6 (1 NC) record in his almost two decade long MMA career.