Fedor Emelianenko’s rival, Ryan Bader, considers the Russian fighter to be the greatest heavyweight of all time, but doesn’t think that in his prime, The Last Emperor could have beaten the peak Kane Velasquez.
“I would say that Kane Velasquez was the best when he was healthy, but the only problem is that Kane didn’t stay healthy for too long and he didn’t have such a resume and fights as Fedor had,” the American said in an interview. MMA Fighting. “I would say that Kane had a lot of potential, but if I had to name the greatest heavyweight of all time, I would name Fedor”
“He never came to the UFC, but this does not detract from his merits. He built his legacy. He fought tough guys in Japan and beat them all. But if there was a fight between peak Fedor and peak Kane Velasquez, I would bet on Kane.
On February 4 at Bellator 290 in Inglewood, Fedor Emelianenko will try to take away the Bellator heavyweight championship belt from Ryan Bader, and regardless of the outcome of the fight, he will end his professional career as a fighter.