There has been talk surrounding the entry of Fedor Emelianenko to the UFC roster. In one edition of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Fedor Emelianenko stated through his translator that he is ?much closer to signing a deal with UFC than he was ever before. But that there will be some ?finer points? that he wants to discuss before pushing through.
It is good to note though that this interview was conducted days before his bout against Fabio Maldonado at EFN 50. You can see the full MMA Hour interview below.
But as you may already know, Fedor Emelianenko ?edged? Maldonado, winning via a majority decision on Russian soil. His win was not without controversy. You can watch the full fight below (the video is not perfect though).
Fedor Emelianenko was definitely hurt in the first round and many referees today would have stopped that fight right then and there. It can be argued that Fedor Emelianenko dropped that first round as he was quite wobbly giving Maldonado a 10-8 on judges? scorecards. Fedor Emelianenko mounted sporadic comebacks in the second and third round; and arguably, they can be scored for him with two 10-9s and the fight would have been a draw. Some fighters saw it as a draw.
— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) June 17, 2016
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) June 17, 2016
Always cheering for Fedor but damn that was draw! Hope Fedor retires for good honestly his best days are long gone and ain't coming back ?
— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) June 17, 2016
Even Russia-based promotion EFN?s CEO Kamil Gadzhiev thought a draw would be fair, according to MMAFighting. Others think that it was a bad decision and that Fedor Emelianenko does not belong in the fight game anymore.
Fedor wins a majority decision in a fight that he clearly didn't win. #EFN50
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 17, 2016
Bad decision ! But can't take anything away from Fedor!! A lot of refs would have stopped that in first round! Good fight! #EFN50
— scott askham (@scottaskham1) June 17, 2016
That is something else. Home cooking is alive and well. Poor Fabio.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 17, 2016
Catch a quick fight video between ?The Last Emperor? and Kevin Randleman in Pride FC. This was him in his prime.
As per Fedor Emelianenko in his interview with Helwani, ?A fighter is measured by the last fight.? Seeing Fedor Emelianenko struggle against Maldonado is a sign that his current form is not his best form. He is arguably a shadow of his former self and this win just might have cost him his leverage over the UFC should the No. 1 promotion in the world opt to negotiate a deal with him.
MMAFighting reported that Fedor Emelianenko plans to continue fighting. He will recuperate and go over all of the proposals he has received. After his fight with Maldonado, Fedor Emelianenko became a free agent and is up for grabs again. Should the UFC sign him? Will we see one of the greatest fighters of all time grace the Octagon? Is a match-up against Brock Lesnar on the horizon? Leave your thoughts below.