Junior Dos Santos will make his Eagle FC debut on Friday, but it turns out the promotion already has big plans for his future.
If the former UFC heavyweight champion is able to get through Yorgan De Castro in the Eagle FC 47 main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced plans to pursue a fight that would book Dos Santos against Fedor Emelianenko in the near future.
“If Dos Santos wins, I really want to make Dos Santos versus Fedor,” Nurmagomedov said at the Eagle FC 47 pre-fight press conference. “He has to focus on Yorgan next because Friday he has a tough opponent.
“He has to stay focused but I want to talk to my friend Scott Coker because Fedor is under Bellator contract. I don’t know what they’re going to do next with him but definitely we can talk and we can create some good stories.”
Emelianenko is widely considered as one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport but he’s currently approaching the end of his legendary career.
With his 46th birthday approaching in September, Emelianenko has stated that his next fight, which is the final bout on his current deal with Bellator MMA, would be his last.
Initially, Bellator planned on promoting Emelianenko’s final fight in his home country of Russia but the recent invasion into the Ukraine nixed that idea.