Former Final Combating Championship (UFC) heavyweight winner Junior dos Santos is no more time qualified to contend inside of the Octagon, possessing attained his going for walks papers with a knockout reduction to Ciryl Gane at UFC 256 again in Dec. 2020.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean “Cigano” is ready to phone it quits.
In truth, the 37 year-outdated Brazilian is hoping to resurrect his combined martial arts (MMA) vocation less than the Bellator MMA banner where by a bevy of marquee matchups await — which include a heavyweight throwdown against “The Previous Emperor.”
“I am a massive enthusiast of Fedor (Emelianenko) and it would be one thing definitely cool to be able to confront him,” Dos Santos told Ag Combat (transcribed by Adam Martin). “I never know what his condition is, if he’s nonetheless battling and I know he’s at Bellator. (Ryan) Bader who referred to as us, who would welcome us, would be quite fascinating. He’s a definitely tough person way too. A rematch in opposition to Alistair Overeem himself, who always finds a way to get absent from this situation. It can be at Bellator, wherever it is.”
Bellator MMA, under the management of Scott Coker, has welcomed various UFC veterans above the final pair of several years, which include fellow heavyweights Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, and Matt Mitrione, between some others, but Overeem remains a free agent.
Emelianenko, 44, is at present enjoying his “retirement tour.”
In which Dos Santos finishes up continues to be to be witnessed, but “Cigano” (21-9) could also test his luck in the entire world of bareknuckle boxing or pack up and ship out to Japan, the place RIZIN matchmakers would likely welcome him with open arms.