Bellator MMA President Scott Coker promised, and delivered a new direction for the promotion when he took the reins last year — bringing in MMA talent old and new, and bringing the action with a more of a theatrical, pro wrestling flair.
Among his boldest moves, as described here at Caged Insider, was a trip to Japan for this past New Year’s Eve celebration, where he met with the man some call the greatest of all time, Emelianenko Fedor.
Fans of the former PRIDE and Strikeforce heavyweight champion wondered if Coker were bringing back “The Last Emperor” to don MMA gloves one last time.
So, what happened?
According to Coker, per a report from Sherdog.com yesterday, nothing doing. At least, not in the cage.
But, the former PRIDE champion will appear Bellator’s February 24 “Fan Fest” event in Connecticut.
“When I was in Japan over the New Year’s Eve [holiday] I sat down and had a nice chat with a lot of different fighters – and said hi to Fedor,” Coker explained to Sherdog. “We’ve been talking since then. I said, ‘Because the fans over here have not seen you for three years probably…why don’t you came back and be part of our Fan Fest?’ I explained what it is to him, and he said he would love to. So he’s coming over here, but he’s not coming to fight. He’s coming here as an ambassador for the sport of MMA and Bellator.”
.Fedor fought in MMA from 2000-2012, earning a 34-4 record (with one no-contest). He enjoyed a seventeen fight winning streak which spanned from 2001 to 2009, where he earned championship gold for several fight promotions.
According to Coker, “I asked him, and he said, ‘I don’t want to fight again.’ I said, I understand.”
Bellator Fan Fest will also include Tito Ortiz, Royce Gracie, and Ken Shamrock. The event is free to the public.