Fedor Emelianenko goes home.
One of the greatest heavyweights of all time will return to the cage with Bellator on October 23 for a fight in his native Russia, the promotion said on Friday. The card takes place in the VTB Arena in Moscow. It will be Bellator’s very first show in Russia and it is fitting that Emelianenko will star.
Emelianenko, 44, has not fought in Russia since 2016 and not in Moscow since 2011. No opponent has yet been named for “The Last Kaiser”.
Emelianenko (39-6, 1 NC) is one of the best MMA fighters of all time in every weight class. The native Stary Oskol had a legendary undefeated streak between 2001 and 2009 in which he battled and defeated some of the best heavyweights of the era, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Mark Coleman, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Andrei Arlovski. Emelianenko never competed in the UFC, but he has beaten five former UFC champions. He is a former Pride heavyweight and grand prix champion.
Emelianenko has not competed recently since defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the first round in Japan on December 29, 2019. He has won three of his last four fights, the only loss during that stretch for current Bellator Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader in the final of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix in January 2019.
Emelianenko retired from MMA in 2012 but returned to Japan for ricin in 2015, where the MMA luminary celebrated most of his big wins. In June 2019, Emelianenko re-signed with Bellator in what was known at the time as the retirement tour.