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The Fedor Factor: Tito Ortiz Wants Him, But UFC Also Possible?

The Fedor Factor: Tito Ortiz Wants Him, But UFC Also Possible?

Fedor Emelianenko is many fans choice as the greatest MMA fighter of all time. So when the Russian heavyweight announced he was returning to action last week — but didn’t offer any details about when and where — fans let their imaginations roam free.

Would we see Fedor return to Bellator CEO Scott Coker, with whom he enjoys a personal friendship, and a history with the Strikeforce promotion? Would we see — yes, wait for it — Fedor vs. Kimbo Slice?

Would we see Brock Lesnar return as well, and a meeting of perhaps the two biggest heavyweight stars in MMA history? Or perhaps, Randy Couture?

Would he go to the UFC — three years after retiring — and begin climbing the ladder in a new MMA era?


Or maybe… a wild card? Fedor vs. Brandon Vera in ONE Championship?

One of Bellator’s biggest stars, Tito Ortiz, thinks Fedor is indeed on the way — and wants the chance to face the legend.

“I think Fedor is signing with Bellator, and if he can get down to 205 I would love to fight him,” Ortiz said to Submission Radio. “I’ve always fought at 205, I will always fight at 205 because I know I’m in great shape when I fight at 205, but if Bellator could put that together; wow, can you imagine after I beat McGeary, me and Fedor for the light heavyweight title? That’d be amazing.”

Ortiz also said he would be open to face Fedor at a catch-weight, but he didn’t specify.

Yesterday, Fedor’s former manager Vadim Finkelchtein, who is a promoter for the Russian M-1 promotion, appeared on The MMA Hour and said that Fedor is entertaining several options — including the UFC.

“Fedor is a free agent,” Finkelchtein said (with the help of a translator). “He’s absolutely interested in fighting in the UFC. It all depends on the deal. I promote for the largest European organization, M-1 and of course I’d love to have him fight there at least once.”

Finkelchtein said that there’s no talk of co-promotion, which was a sticking point in Fedor’s earlier negotiations with UFC.


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