Recently eyebrows were raised throughout the sport, when it was revealed that Emelianenko is coming back. The 38 year-old, former PRIDE heavyweight champ retired back in 2012, and since then, he had always maintained his life as an active fighter was done.
Of course, since Fedor was long regarded as the planet’s best heavyweight, and for many, the best fighter on the planet, his comeback is a pretty, pretty, big deal. Yes, even if he went 1-3 during his run with Strikeforce.
Case in point, recently Mir spoke to FOX Sports about his crushing, KO win over Todd Duffee on Wednesday. While doing so, the former UFC champ was asked about Fedor, and whether he’d be interested in fighting the Russian star. Here is some of what Mir had to say:
“Oh absolutely, I have a lot of respect for Fedor,” Mir said. “I think he just had a couple of bad fights there because the guy had 30 fights where he just ran through everybody. I think maybe he questioned himself and had some doubt and kind of basically did what I did. He’s taking some time off and probably found himself…
“An opportunity to face him would be a huge honor,” Mir said. “I might just on the selfish side want him to face somebody first so he could showcase to everybody that he’s still a monster and a scary dude and kind of remind fans of who Fedor is, but after that yeah.”
Yup, chances are Fedor won’t have much problem finding himself an opponent, regardless of where he ends up signing. Who he faces, however, will likely depend on what kind of money Fedor gets. If “The Last Emperor”and his camp are still demanding top dollar for his services, which will very likely be the case, then he’ll need to face someone who can help move tickets and PPV sales.
So, if Fedor does end up signing with the UFC, and that seems like a big if still, would the UFC put him up against Mir? Maybe, although Arlovski would probably be more likely. Fedor KO’d Arlovski back in 2009.
How about Cain Velasquez?