Recently Emelianenko dropped jaws throughout MMA by announcing he’s returning to fighting, after hanging up the gloves in 2012. One year prior to that, Couture retired from competition, after suffering a KO loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 129.
When both fighters were at the peak of their powers, there was a ton of talk about how Couture-Fedor might go down. The fight, as you know, never materialized. Now, several years later, Couture admits that if the right cards fell into place, he’d also return to the cage to face the Russian star.
The 52 year-old Couture was on hand at Bellator 140 last weekend, and while discussing whether he’d come back to face Fedor, he stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“You never say never — you never say ‘no, I’m not going to do that,'” Couture said. “But I’m very, very happy being retired doing all the other stuff I’m doing. If the stars align and the right situation came up…you know, Fedor’s not a cheap ticket. So I don’t know who’s going to pay that price right now. Especially considering how things ended for him, so I’m not sure it will be Viacom or Bellator, which seems like the most logical place. I know there’s new organizations coming out in Japan in the new year, and he’s built a huge name there. Maybe they have the pockets for it. I know the UFC would like to get it done, and more than likely I’m out if that’s the case.”
It would be pretty, pretty crazy if Couture-Fedor materialized now, after all these years no? But, when you consider all the moving parts here, it’s hard to imagine that fight getting booked.
One thing’s for sure, if the right deal and fight falls into place, Fedor’s next bout could be huge.