Scott Coker reveals he offered Anderson Silva an MMA fight against Fedor Emelianenko

Bellator chief Scott Coker recently claimed that Anderson Silva turned down an MMA fight against Fedor Emelianenko. According to Coker, ‘The Spider’ was focusing precisely on his boxing career when the offer was made to him.

While the Bellator chief dropped the idea for the time being, he doesn’t mind revisiting it. Coker believes fans would love to see Silva vs. Emelianenko as it is essentially the “GOAT No.1 vs. GOAT No. 2” fight. The 59-year-old said in an interview with Ariel Helwani:

“We did offer him [Silva] an MMA fight against Fedor. We didn’t even get serious or talk numbers or anything like that. But there was definitely an outreach on our part to see if there’s any interest. You know, at that time he really wanted to focus on his boxing and see how far he could take it.

And you know what, I could say, we could do it in Japan or we could do it in New York City, in Madison Square Garden. Let’s do it big, let’s make it huge. Cause this is the fight that everybody would love to see. And you’re right, GOAT number 1 vs. GOAT number 2.”

Coker wants to make the fight happen on a big stage in Japan or at the Mecca of combat sports, the MSG, in New York City. However, the Bellator chief acknowledged that negotiating weight classes could be an issue, considering Anderson Silva primarily fought at middleweight while ‘The Last Emperor’ is a heavyweight.

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