Daniel Cormier admits defeat in his fight against Fedor Emelianenko

Former dual UFC champion Daniel Cormier, also known by the nickname “Black Fedor,” doesn’t think he could have beaten the legendary Russian fighter at the peak of his career.

“Me at my peak against peak Fedor? He was good, really really good. I think he could have handled me, he would have got me. He was really good, yeah. I always put him above me,” BJpenn quoted the American as saying.

At the time, the world’s strongest league made several attempts to sign Fedor Emelianenko, however, the parties failed to reach an agreement. According to UFC president Dana White, “The Last Emperor” was the only fighter he was unable to sign, despite his best efforts.

Fedor Emelianenko, 46, announced the end of his professional career this year after suffering an early defeat in a rematch with current Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, while Daniel Cormier, 44, retired three years ago after losing a title trilogy to Stipe Miocic.