A recent quote has the MMA world abuzz with news that highly coveted MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko may be coming to the UFC very soon. Here is what Chuck Liddell told the Baltimore Sun in a recent Q&A:
Which fighters from PRIDE are you most excited to see fight in the UFC?
All of them. Any of the good ones. There’s “Shogun” [Mauricio Rua], there’s [Dan] Henderson. You’ve got Fedor [Emelianenko] coming over. [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira is coming over in the heavyweight [division].
The verbiage may just be nothing more than a simple slip of the tounge by Liddell or it could mean that an announcement of Fedor is just arround the corner.
Widely regarded as one of the top free agents in all of MMA, Fedor has alluded the UFC up to this point. With a 26-1 MMA record and 1 no contest with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira he boasts one of MMA’s best records. His single loss came at the hands of Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in 2000 and he hasn’t looked back since winning all of his fights.
Fedor has been a staple of Pride fighting nearly exclusively in the organization since 2002. One notable exception to his stint in Pride was his last MMA fight was a submission win over Matt Lindland on the bodogFIGHT “Clash of the Nations” PPV in April. Other notable wins include Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Kevin Randleman, and Mark Coleman.
Whether the report will pan out will only be known in time although I feel that Fedor eventually coming to the UFC, whether it is know or months or years down the road, is essentially a lock.