The former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier recently spoke about fellow heavyweight MMA star Fedor Emelianenko. He said that the former Pride FC and WAMMA heavyweight titleholder would have been an ‘average’ fighter in the UFC during his peak between 2009-11. Conor McGregor Huge Paycheck For Alcohol Revealed
Daniel Cormier opens up on Fedor Emelianenko
Emelianenko is currently competing for Rizin FF and Bellator. However, he has never fought in the UFC. Speaking on his Debate DC show on the Vover app, Cormier asserted that ‘The Last Emperor’ would have been only among the top five or seven fighters in the heavyweight division of the UFC and might not have enjoyed huge success had he made the move in 2009:
“As the great Fedor gets to fight this weekend I was asked how I thought he would do during the 2009-2102 years. Here is my thought, he would have been top 5-7 (average). Ok I may have misspoke on the Cheick Kongo thing,” said Cormier.
Cormier also claimed that a prime Emelianenko could have possibly become champion in the UFC by beating Brock Lesnar, but would have struggled against the likes of Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
“I don’t believe it would be as good as many think or hope. Would he be good? Yes? Champion? Maybe , but not the Superman he was to so many,” he added.
You can check out the video clip below:
As the great Fedor gets to fight this weekend I was asked how I thought he would do during the 2009-2102 years. Here is my thought, he would have been top 5-7(average). Ok I may have misspoke on the Cheick Kongo thing 😯 watch full episodes on all @voveraudio platforms #debateDC pic.twitter.com/xaxNi9qIhB
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 21, 2021