For a long time, a lot of folks argued that Fedor Emelianenko was the greatest of all time, and some people still see it that way today. But, apparently “The Last Emperor” himself, never thought of himself as the G.O.A.T.
Emelianenko is preparing to make his Bellator debut this Saturday at the promotion’s “NYC” card, as the former PRIDE heavyweight champ will take on Matt Mitrione. The bout will be the 40 year-old legend’s third, since he came out of retirement at the end of 2015.
Recently the Russian star appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and Emelianenko had this to say about where he fits, in the G.O.A.T conversation (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I never considered myself to the best one,” Emelianenko said. “A fighter can lose at any moment. And there are some fighters that, for example, are defending on some position that will be better than me in some technique.”
Considering Emelianenko has never been one for trash talk, and is extremely soft spoken, it’s not surprising to hear him say this. It’s an interesting debate. After Emelianenko incurred three straight losses under the Strikeforce banner, the consensus seemed to be that Anderson Silva was the G.O.A.T. But, now the legendary Brazilian has also incurred several losses. You also hear the likes of Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and more recently, Demetrious Johnson entered into the debate.
That aside, Fedor was also asked what fights in particular stand out in his storied career, and he noted “maybe one fight that I can differentiate, it would be the first fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. And the fight with Mirko Cro Cop.” Those were classic fights that rocked the foundations of MMA. No question.
Bellator “NYC” will be hosted by Madison Square Garden. Fedor – Mitrione will serve as the PPV card’s co-headliner, while in the main event, Chael Sonnen will take on Wanderlei Silva.