Iconic heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko has seemingly enjoyed free agency so far since parting ways with Strikeforce, racking up a pair of solid victories over Jeff Monson and Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii in late 2011 before taking some time off to heal up and recharge his batteries. Though he recently spoke out about wanting to fight this summer, teasing the UFC as a possibility, nothing more has developed on that front.
However, it appears he still has at least one suitor interested in his services on a regular basis – newly formed Super Fight League. SFL put on its first show earlier this month with another event planned for April featuring recognizable veterans Todd Duffee, Neil Grove, Paul Kelly, Ryan Healy, Ikuhisa Minowa, and Alexander Shlemenko. Additional shows are planned for the remainder of the year, all in India where the promotion is based out of.
“Fedor is definitely a fighter we would consider and would be honored to have fight in the SFL,” said CEO Ken Pavia when asked about Emelianenko by Fighters Only Magazine.
While Pavia’s response can only be taken at face value, as most organizations would enjoy Emelianenko’s star power on their roster, it seems the Russian’s management team is at least open to the idea if the particulars can be worked out.
“We are of course flattered by Pavia’s statement and if there are any concrete proposals for co-operation, Fedor and Vadim (Finkelstein) will of course seriously consider them,” said M-1 Global executive Evgeni Kogan.
Emelianenko’s two wins since his Strikeforce run improved his overall record to 33-4. Other impressive victories to his credit include those against Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Mirko Filipovic, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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