It took two months of heated negotiations to get Fedor Emelianenko to finally land in Bellator, and he's not going anywhere.
"The Last Emperor" is set to make his promotional debut against former UFC slugger Matt Mitrione in the main event of his weekend's #Bellator172 event, and if his appearance on yesterday's edition of #t=114m">The MMA Hour is to be believed, we won't be seeing him fight anywhere else before he decides to hang them up for good (again).
After revealing some of the details of his current two-fight contract with the Scott Coker-led promotion (which includes the possibility of a third fight based on his performances), the 40-year-old Emelianenko told Ariel Helwani via a translator that Bellator would indeed be his last stop as a mixed martial artist.
When asked why negotiations once again fell through with the UFC, Fedor cited the organization's poor treatment of Khabib Nurmagomedov among his reasons for deciding on Bellator, which extended him the additional kindness of allowing his teammates to also compete under its banner. It's certainly nothing new from "the Last Emperor", who has blasted the UFC's "oppressive" and "draconian" contracts on dozens of occassions in the past.
“Relations with people is of great importance with me," continued Emelianenko. I value highly the relations with myself and Scott. So I do want to end my career with Bellator.”
Considering how Emelianenko looked in his last showing against Fabio Maldonado, it would be safe to assume that his performance this weekend will tell us a lot about just how long that career has left.