Former Final Combating Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is now not eligible to compete contained in the Octagon, having earned his strolling papers with a knockout loss to Ciryl Gane at UFC 256 again in Dec. 2020.
However that doesn’t imply “Cigano” is able to name it quits.
Actually, the 37 year-old Brazilian is hoping to resurrect his combined martial arts (MMA) profession beneath the Bellator MMA banner the place a bevy of marquee matchups await — together with a heavyweight throwdown in opposition to “The Final Emperor.”
“I’m an enormous fan of Fedor (Emelianenko) and it might be one thing actually cool to have the ability to face him,” Dos Santos advised Ag Struggle (transcribed by Adam Martin). “I don’t know what his scenario is, if he’s nonetheless preventing and I do know he’s at Bellator. (Ryan) Bader who known as us, who would welcome us, can be very attention-grabbing. He’s a very powerful man too. A rematch in opposition to Alistair Overeem himself, who all the time finds a solution to get away from this difficulty. It may be at Bellator, wherever it’s.”
Bellator MMA, beneath the management of Scott Coker, has welcomed a number of UFC veterans over the past couple of years, together with fellow heavyweights Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, and Matt Mitrione, amongst others, however Overeem stays a free agent.
Emelianenko, 44, is at the moment having fun with his “retirement tour.”
The place Dos Santos finally ends up stays to be seen, however “Cigano” (21-9) might additionally attempt his luck on this planet of bareknuckle boxing or pack up and ship out to Japan, the place RIZIN matchmakers would seemingly welcome him with open arms.