Yesterday news arrived that legendary former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko was rumored to be making his Bellator MMA debut against Matt Mitrione early next year.
The news was big for the world’s second biggest MMA promotion, as any fight featuring Fedor would essentially be their biggest bout ever by default. It will certainly draw eyes to Bellator, but there are also a large number of signs that Fedor’s tenure in Bellator could be painfully short-lived.
“The Last Emperor” was nearly knocked out by UFC reject Fabio Maldonado – and some would say he was knocked out, it just wasn’t called. That’s a far cry from the once-indestructible champion who ran through every challenger he faced for ten years in his heyday.
Mitrione is no slouch, either, as while he never rose to a lofty position amongst the UFC’s elite heavyweights, he was and still is a dangerous knockout artist who can shut out nearly anyone’s lights with one punch. That may not be the best match-up for Fedor’s obviously fading chin.
What do you think? Will Fedor flourish in Bellator, or will he fail?