Fedor Emelianenko still involved in growing MMA

MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko poses in Calgary on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)

MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko poses in Calgary on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

Fedor Emelianenko isn’t coming out of retirement. Not now, not ever.

But what if, hypothetically speaking, he was in his prime and could fight any of today’s heavyweight contenders? The Russian MMA legend knows exactly who he’d choose.

“Cain Velasquez,” Emelianenko said from Friday in Calgary, where he’s in town to help promote amateur MMA. “He has some technical difficulties, but he has ambition and he’s fearless. He wants to win so badly and he’s in great condition. He’s a thinking fighter.”

Unfortunately for fight fans -- many of whom still rank the former Pride champion as the greatest heavyweight of all time -- a dream Emelianenko-Velasquez tilt will have to be relegated to the long-list of MMA what-ifs.

These days, Emelianenko keeps busy by promoting amateur MMA as the honorary president of the World Mixed Martial Arts Association. It’s in that capacity that he’s in Canada this week, helping advocate for the sport’s growth at stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.


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