Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” takes place this Saturday night (Jan. 26, 2019) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Early “Prelims” fights start at 7 p.m. ET on DAZN (try it free for one month right HERE), while the main card begins at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network (and DAZN).
Ahead of a historic card headlined by Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader, who will meet in the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, Bellator MMA held open workouts with the main card fighters earlier this week. After putting his 42-year-old body through the paces in the hot California sun, Emelianenko spoke to the mixed martial arts (MMA) media in attendance about what this fight means to him.
“Every fight in my career was a very important fight, but this very fight is the most important as that’s the final of the grand prix tournament and only two of us stayed in this tournament (until the end).”
After initially retiring from MMA in 2012, Emelianenko surprised many people with his comeback three years later, but admits the thought of retiring again lingers.
“I think I will be able to answer this very question (better) after the fight. After the fight I will have some time to rest a little bit. This is what I’m thinking. You know to tell the truth at my age right now, more and more I am thinking about retiring. It is not because I don’t want to fight, it’s definitely because of the age, and old injuries which I have.”
If the Russian legend wins the grand prix tournament this weekend, along with Bellator MMA’s Heavyweight title, few could blame “The Last Emperor” for hanging up his gloves for good and going out on top ... in style.
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