Fedor Emelianenko to UFC? Not so fast.
That's according to former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, who currently competes for Scott Coker in Bellator MMA. What makes "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" the authority on the former PRIDE heavyweight kingpin, who announced his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) just last week?
Ortiz looks into his crystal ball with the gang at Submission Radio:
"I think Fedor is signing with Bellator, and if he can get down to 205 I would love to fight him. I've always fought at 205, I will always fight at 205 because I know I'm in great shape when I fight at 205, but if Bellator could put that together; wow, can you imagine after I beat McGeary, me and Fedor for the light heavyweight title? That'd be amazing. Scott Coker is a straightshooter, and I know he's an awesome guy, and I know Fedor has had that great time with Bellator at the signings, and I know Scott Coker and Fedor are good friends, his managers are good friends with him. And you know it just seems like when you're in a good business relationship, things just make sense, and I don't know. We'll see. I can't let the cat out of the bag too soon can I?"
Ortiz also agreed to a possible catchweight fight against the former Combat Sambo champion if "The Last Emperor," 38, was unable (or perhaps unwilling) to make 205 pounds, a feat Dan Henderson accomplished while competing as a light heavyweight under the Strikeforce banner.
And you can bet Ortiz would love a similar outcome.