It appears that “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (34-4-1) has finally come to terms and has reached an agreement with the UFC. Fedor is renowned in circles as being the best heavyweight of all time and some even consider the former Pride Heavyweight Champion as being the all time greatest to wear a pair of gloves.
Combat Press released the information earlier but didn’t exactly cite a source, however multiple media outlets of MMA have been reporting.
“Sources close to the situation have told Combat Press that Fedor Emelianenko has officially signed with the UFC, with an official announcement set to be made in the coming weeks. According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Emelianenko is currently looking at options for his Octagon debut.
Although nothing has been confirmed as yet, a separate source indicated that there is a chance that Emelianenko will debut at UFC 193 in the co-main event for Melbourne’s first UFC visit. Although former K-1 champion Mark Hunt is already slated to compete in a rematch against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, “The Super Samoan” previously offered to welcome Emelianenko to the Octagon, and would be the likely opponent for Emelianenko if he fights in Melbourne. The event is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title bout between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm. The event, which takes place from Etihad Stadium, is expected to break the company’s attendance records with ease.”
Then if further speculation was necessary, Fedor made a post on his Instagram page of a photo shopped picture featuring himself and the UFC President Dana White. The caption that The Last Emperor decided to go with was a simple but highly powerful “Soon.”
Dana added to the fun and was one of the first to comment on the post, typing just a smiley emoticon. Things seem to be shaping up and an official announcement from the UFC should be released in the near future.
Fedor is currently riding a 3 fight winning streak which includes a Unanimous Decision victory over former UFC Heavyweight number 1 contender, Jeff Monson. In his last outing he knocked out a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Brazilian legend, Pedro Rizzo in just 1:24 into the opening round at the main event of M-1. Fedor retired following this victory but the thirst for competition has brought him back to the cage.