‘If this was the NBA it would be like being against Michael Jordan’ on Bellator heavyweight final versus Fedor Emelianenko

'If this was the NBA it would be like being against Michael Jordan' on Bellator heavyweight final versus Fedor Emelianenko

What would victory over Fedor mean to you ?

“I think it would be one of the biggest wins of my career. Just everything combined – the tournament, me going up to heavyweight, beating one of the greatest heavyweights of all time for the heavyweight championship. It’s kind of like the perfect storm. That’s what is exciting to me. That’s why it will kind of make it the biggest win in my career.”

You signed a six-fight contract with Bellator, you are down to one more fight after this. You stay with Bellator ?

“Yep, so I’m 11-1 in my last 12 fights. 5-0 in Bellator. I have one more fight after this on my Bellator contract. I think I have some champion clauses, but I want to stay here. I’m happy here. I was able to do stuff like this, moving up to heavyweight and doing this tournament. That is exactly the stuff I was looking to do. I’m very happy. So after this fight I see us coming to the table and renewing if all goes right.”

How will you take stock about both belts, if you win at The Forum ?

“Going out there and winning this fight I know I’ll be in a good position. That’s kind of where we’ll go from. I’ll talk with Bellator. For me, I’m a 205er. I’m also a heavyweight, but not a huge heavyweight. It’s go to be worth my while to stay up here and keep fighting these big, big boys. That’s why I say I’ve got one fight left, I’ll come to the table and see what’s right. What I defend first is part of it. If they make me extremely happy to stay at heavyweight, I’ll do that. It’s kind of where they want me. At the same time, I’ve got to be motivated and compensated for that.”

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