Fedor Emelianenko wants to avenge his loss to Fabricio Werdum.
Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Werdum met for the first time at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum in June of 2010. It has been a decade since the first meeting and Emelianenko says it is time for him and Werdum to meet again.
“For myself, yes, I would like to fight him,” Emelianenko said during the Bellator 244 media day (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “Whether that’s a fight fans are interested in seeing or Bellator is interested in putting on, I don’t know that.”
Werdum just became a free agent after submitting Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till. Bellator President Scott Coker says that he wants to see Emelianenko fight again, but would prefer to wait for fans to return to venues.
“(The plans) haven’t changed,” Coker said. “It’s just now we have a little beat now because of the COVID situation. We’re going to see how it goes because Europe has started to open up where you can actually have some fans. The numbers are way down, and they kind of have it under control a little bit better than we do (in the U.S.). But listen, Fedor has to fight in front of fans. I think that’s why you don’t see a lot of the MMA stars fighting now, because they need the fans there to support it. Fedor is the same way. He’s the greatest heavyweight of all time. For me, it would be a shame for him to fight in an arena where there’s nobody there to watch his last few fights. We’re going to play it by ear. This is actually the first time I’ve seen Fedor.”
The former UFC heavyweight champion has yet to sign with a new promotion, so there is a chance that the rematch with Emelianneko can go down in the future.