One of MMA’s long desired, fantasy match-ups could still be a possibility.
The UFC tried to set up the match in 2007 but couldn’t work out a deal with M-1 Global. Emelianenko went on to sign a deal with Coker under Strikeforce and subsequently retired from the sport.
Following Bellator 123 on Friday night, (September 5, 2014) Coker said he would love to see the former UFC and Pride heavyweight champions go at it:
“You know, that’s a fight I personally would love to see, but I just don’t know if it’s going to happen,” Coker said.
The CEO believes the fight is still possible. However, he thinks it will be difficult to set up. Couture does now have a good relationship with Bellator following his departure with the UFC but he has a lot of other commitments also.
“Randy? He’s dancing with the stars now,” Coker said. “I mean, he’s not going to want to go 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.”
Coker may have his doubts about the former UFC champion but that apparently hasn’t stopped from reaching out to Emelianenko’s management.
“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.”
Lets just hope Coker can work some magic and get the two greats inside the cage.