Bellator president Scott Coker has strong ties with Fedor Emelianenko from their days together under the Strikeforce banner.
Randy Couture, a former UFC heavyweight champion, is currently signed to a contract with Viacom, which owns and operates Bellator.
Does that mean we could see two of the top heavyweights of all-time compete against one another inside the Bellator cage?
“That’s a fight I personally would love to see, but I just don’t know if it’s going to happen,” Coker said following a recent event (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “Randy? He’s dancing with the stars now. He’s not going to want to fight Fedor now that he’s hanging out with some good-lookin’ girls dancing every night.
“But we’ll see him next. We’ll talk to him and see what he has to say.”
Emelianenko (34-4) retired from MMA in 2012 after finishing Pedro Rizzo via first round knockout. He competed twice for M-1 Global after leaving Strikeforce, and Coker admitted there is ongoing talks between the two sides. The Russian was the final PRIDE heavyweight champion.
“All I can say is that we’re in dialogue with M-1, but that’s all I have to say at this time about that,” he said.
Couture is now 51 years old and 19-11 in his MMA career. He stepped away from the sport in 2011 after losing to Lyoto Machida via knockout.