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Fedor Emelianenko: Fighting In Russia ‘Difficult’

For former heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, fighting at home isn’t easy.

Fedor will return to the cage against Tim Johnson on at Bellator 269 in Russia. 

And while some might enjoy being in their native country, “The Last Emperor” sees it a little differently.

“MMA is the most joyful job that I could have. I’m never tired of the press events, and actually consider them to be a necessity to the business of combat sports, so I have gotten used to them over the years,” he said. “As far as fighting alongside my friends and family, I think this can be difficult. When my friends and family are fighting with me on the same card, it’s important that I concentrate on my own fight and not get caught up in the rest.

“Because I am a professional and have been performing in this sport for a while now, I believe that I am good at simplifying everything when it comes to all of these factors.”

Emelianenko scored a first round stoppage win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson back in 2019. He is 39-6 overall and 3-1 in his last four. 

While many have wondered if this would be it, Fedor sounds ready to continue competing at 45 years old.

“In my next fight, I would prefer to go to Chicago instead of New York, but the plan for the next fight is really up to Bellator,” he said. “If Bellator decides to go to a specific place, I will go. But, if it’s in America, it should be in Chicago.”

Bellator 269 takes place from the VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia. The event will air live on Showtime.