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Jone Jones’ Coach Says Fedor Emelianenko Would Likely be “Easy Fight” For Ex-Champ

Kelsey Mowatt

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Recently Bas Rutten argued that Fedor Emelianenko could pose some challenges for Jon Jones, but the latter’s coach, not surprisingly, thinks the theory’s off base.

Not long ago it was announced that Emelianenko is returning to fighting. When Rutten was asked to weigh-in on the situation while appearing on “Submission Radio”, he argued “The Last Emperor” should cut to 205. After doing so, Rutten also said that Emelianenko could even test Jones, if he made the drop.

Rutten isn’t the first person to argue that Emelianenko would be better served fighting at light-heavyweight, but does that mean he could hang with “Bones”? Arguably the baddest man on the planet?

Well, recently Jones’ coach, Mike Winkeljohn, also appeared on “Submission Radio”. While doing so, he was asked about a Jones-Fedor superfight, and here’s what he had to say (quotes via Bloody

“Oh you know, I have not even spoke to Jon about it, but looking at how, you know, Fedor’s fights towards the end of his career [went], I think unless he changed something I think it’s an easy fight for Jon.”

Easy fight? Maybe not, but there’s no question Fedor would be a huge underdog if the two ever fought, and the keyword there is if. While it remains to be seen where Fedor will sign–many insiders think it will be Bellator–Winkeljohn lives the idea of seeing the Russian star fight in the Octagon.

“I think it’s a great idea. Honestly, with the right training – look at Andrei Arlovski coming back. I mean everybody thought he was shelved, and now he’s coming back and on a title run. There’s no doubt about it. I think we get the title shot, we’re winning the title. If he [Fedor] does it right, if he’s thinking about doing it right, and how cool is that? That would be one of the really, really exciting stories. Fedor was the king for so long, and to take all of that time off and come back, that’d be really exciting”

Yup. It would be nice to see Fedor close out his career with a run in the UFC, but this should still be filed in the ‘I’ll believe it, when I see it’ drawer.


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