Former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (38-6-0) has signed a new deal with Bellator MMA according to the company statement during New York’s Bellator 222 broadcast.
“I am pleased that we were able to sign Fedor, the greatest heavyweight of all time, to a new contract extension,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a press release. “He is someone that I consider a friend in this business and am even more pleased that he has decided to finish his storied career with Bellator. There are exciting matchups for him here in Bellator that I know will appeal to his fans from the past, as well as new fans from his recent run in the tournament. As his time in the sport winds down, I am happy to see him close out his career on his own terms.”
Emelianenko, 42, lost a first round TKO to Ryan Bader in the finals of the heavyweight grand prix in his last bout. He is 2-2-0 in Bellator since joining in November 2016.
“My strong friendship and respect for Scott Coker made reaching a contract extension a simple process,” Emelianenko added. “Bellator is my home – I look forward to helping Bellator continue to grow and reach its full potential as the world’s top MMA promotion.”
Terms were not released, but Emelianenko is expected to compete later this year against an opponent to be named later.