Former UFC champions Josh Barnett and Tito Ortiz have volunteered to be possible opponents for Fedor Emelianenko's retirement fight. The bout will take place under Bellator MMA, where the 44-year-old Fedor is currently signed.
- Bellator CEO Scott Coker had been talking about a 2020 "farewell tour" for Emelianenko since June 2019. The plan involved a "multi-city, multi-continent tour" for the MMA legend. The last stop would have been in Fedor's home country in Russia in front of 30,000 people, but because of COVID-19, these plans were scrapped.
- Over the weekend, media outlet MMA Junkie posted a question on Twitter, asking who the rightful opponent for Fedor would be. Ortiz and Barnett were the only ones to volunteer themselves.
- The 45-year-old Ortiz last fought in December 2019 against WWE's Alberto Del Rio and won via submission. He is currently a council member and Mayor pro tempore of his home city: Huntington Beach, Calif.
- The 43-year-old Barnett hasn't fought in mixed martial arts since 2016 when he defeated fellow ex-UFC champion, Andre Arlovski.
- Emelianenko is considered in many circles as the greatest fighter of all-time. He last competed in December 2019 when he knocked out former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson inside one round.