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Fedor Emelianenko on potential Bigfoot Silva rematch: Yeah, no

Esther Lin

Former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko was reunited with his old Strikeforce cohort Scott Coker last winter, when Bellator MMA forked over a pretty penny (and five months of begging) to employ “The Last Emperor.”

The most famous man in Stary Oskol will tangle with fellow heavyweight slugger Matt Mitrione at the Bellator 180 pay-per-view (PPV) event this June in New York City. While it’s too early to tell what moves Emelianenko will make post-”Meathead,” we do know he’s not targeting UFC castaway Antonio Silva.

"No, I have no desire for a rematch with Silva,” Fedor (36-4, 1 NC) told at a press conference last week (via Bloody Elbow). “My immediate goal is the June 24 fight with Mitrione. Good luck to Vitaly Minakov that he wins [against Bigfoot]."

Silva stopped Emelianenko under the Strikeforce banner back in 2011.

The victory was undoubtedly the biggest of the Brazilian’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career, but he was unable to parlay that into a world title for UFC, putting together a 3-9-1 record in the fights that followed.

“Bigfoot” moves on to face Vitaly Minkov on June 2 in Russia.

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