One of the greats of Brazilian MMA Junior dos Santos does not currently have a signed contract with any MMA organization, but he was one of the possible candidates for the next opponent of Fedor Emelianenko. However, Bellator and Fedor have opted for Timothy Johnson and the 36-year-old American will be the opponent of the legendary Russian fighter at the Bellator event in Moscow to be held on October 23 this year.
"Cigano" is a bit disappointed with such an outcome, and a little less than a month ago, in an interview with the Brazilian Combate, he described his interest in fighting Fedor. '' I'm very interested in that fight.
The people representing me talked to Scott Coker (President of Bellator). Nothing has been agreed yet. They have several options and I do not know how the negotiations are going, but I am extremely interested in that fight."
"I admire Fedor’s story and career, his rivalry with ‘Minotaur’ is a magical moment in the history of this sport. The fight, and especially the win against Fedor would be spectacular and that motivates me."
"Fighting him in Russia would be different, with a lot of energy, but I think I would be able to focus on the things I need to do. "
However, the Brazilian's wishes were not granted in the end, and in an interview for MMA Fighting, Junior dos Santos revealed his disappointment with the outcome of Fedor's next performance.
"I don't want to sound like I lack any respect, but I was hoping that I was a great option for Fedor and for the ending of his career. My idea was that he wants a great fight, something that will interest fans to watch that fight."
"Options like me, Overeem, or even Werdum are something that would attract interest. Things like that made sense in my head, but something quite the opposite happened." "He chose Tim Johnson. I don’t want to judge and I don’t know how that fight will end, but I believe a fight against Overeem, me or Josh Barnett would be a lot more interesting to the audience."
"He (Fedor) is the biggest heavyweight champion in history and I’m his fan, but I don’t understand why he decided to have a fight like this (against Johnson). I am somewhat disappointed with the choice, I cannot say that I did not, "said" Cigano "
It seems that dos Santos is just one in a series of many people who were disappointed with the choice of opponents for the fight, which may be a farewell for Emelianenko, although according to the contract he should make two more appearances for Bellator.