Thereâ€™s a classic saying reading, â€œFool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.â€ However, when it comes to be fooled three or four times the picture becomes a little less defined. On that note, heavyweight icon Fedor Emelianenko has once again brought up the notion of taking his talents to the Octagon to cap off his fantastic career on the sportâ€™s biggest stage.
Emelianenko, who had been rumored for a fight in his native Russia this summer, is now contemplating a clash elsewhere.
â€œOf course, I want to compete at home, in front of my countrymen,â€ said Emelianenko in an interview with SportBox.ru. â€œBut at the moment, the strongest and most respected MMA organization is situated in America. Itâ€™s the UFC. Therefore, I have to go to the US in order to face the strongest opponents.â€
UFC President Dana White has shot down the idea of â€œThe Last Emperorâ€ joining the UFC in recent months after failed negotiations a few years back, though that certainly isnâ€™t to say the outspoken executive wouldnâ€™t reverse course if Emelianenkoâ€™s team at M-1 Global reversed course on a few financial issues.
Regardless, it appears Emelianenko will at least look to build on his current two-fight winning streak at some point this summer. The 35-year old recently took out Olympic medalist Satoshi Ishii on New Yearâ€™s Eve with an opening round knockout as well as Jeff Monson in November via decision.
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