Longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko will return to action at an M-1 Global event on June 21 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia against an opponent yet to be named.
M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan revealed the news earlier today via Twitter. An update on Emelianenko's opponent is expected to come in the near future. For what it's worth, MMA Junkie says that it could possibly be Bobby Lashley.
Emelianenko snapped a three-fight losing streak to win a pair of consecutive fights at the end of last year. "The Last Emperor" won a one-sided unanimous decision over Jeff Monson at an M-1 Global event in November and then scored a first-round KO of Satoshi Ishii a little more than a month later at DREAM's New Year's Eve Show in Japan.
"That's interesting. "I'm not sure what Fedor has planned. I haven't spoken to M-1. I know M-1 executive Steve Bash was in the audience tonight, but we haven't had that conversation yet."
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker left the door open for Fedor Emelianenko to potentially fight the winner of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix tournament finals (either Josh Barnett or Daniel Cormier) following the tourney's conclusion. Emelianenko is widely believed to remain under a promotional contract with Showtime despite being released by Strikeforce. Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the catch.
From DREAM's New Year's Eve event this past Saturday night, here's longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko returning to action against former olympic judoka Satoshi Ishii.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.
It's been nearly a month since Fedor Emelianenko fell to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and promptly announced that he was leaning towards ending the greatest career that this sport has ever seen.
Since then, it remains unknown whether or not PRIDE's final heavyweight champion will fight once more, but the word coming out of Emelianenko's camp is that he is preparing for a return to action in the near future. In the meantime, Emelianenko's handlers, M-1 Global, have also announced a deal with Showtime that will have the network air four M-1 Challenge events this year.
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Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
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— Following his shocking loss to Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko has been medically suspended indefinitely by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. He will not be permitted to compete until he's cleared by a doctor after an upcoming CT scan of his head and face. However, he did not suffer a broken orbital bone as widely speculated. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will also be sidelined for a mandatory 30 days following his KO loss to Sergei Kharitonov. [MMAJunkie.com]
— A featherweight bout between one-time planned title contender Josh Grispi and "TUF" alumnus George Roop has been booked for the TUF 13 Finale in Las Vegas on June 4. Grispi had a ten-fight winning streak snapped by Dustin Porier at UFC 125 on Jan 1, while Roop suffered a one-sided loss to Mark Hominick just days later at UFC Fight for the Troops II. [MMA Mania]
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
As he spoke to the 11,287 in attendance at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, Fedor Emelianenko, long MMA's top fighter in any weight class, looked relieved.
Following his loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the opening round of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix tournament on Saturday, Emelianenko revealed that he may have just fought for the last time.
"Something went wrong from the very beginning and I couldn't readjust myself," Emelianenko said after the fight. "Maybe it's time to leave. Maybe it's the last time. Maybe it's high time. Thank you for everything. I spent a great, beautiful and long sporting life. Maybe it's God's will."
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
"The Last Emperor" fell again.
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva battered Fedor Emelianenko and forced the former PRIDE heavyweight champion's right eye to swell shut, prompting a doctor's stoppage following the second round of their featured attraction at Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Silva" event on Saturday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
"I trained very hard for this fight," Silva, who advances to the second leg of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix, said afterwards. "People are always saying 'Fedor, Fedor, Fedor'. I trained too hard and I showed it to the world. I won over the best heavyweight in the world."
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo property of Affliction Entertainment.
Former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko underwent successful surgery to correct a dislocated thumb in his left hand. Fedor will have the half cast removed in 4-6 weeks.
According to Sherdog.com, Fedor was initially expected to be out 4-6 months but following the procedure it was noted that the bone had not been fractured or broken thus two pins were placed in the hand to fix the injury.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.
Strikeforce and M-1 Global announced today that longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko’s U.S. network television debut against undefeated prospect Brett Rogers on November 7 will take place at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, located just outside of Chicago.
Tickets for the event will go on sale to the public on Monday, September 28 at 11 AM ET. A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity will take place for “Strikeforce Insider” e-newsletter subscribers beginning at 10:00 AM ET on Friday, September 27.
Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.
Longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko’s Strikeforce debut could come sooner than expected. An advertised bout against heavy-handed striker Brett Rogers could be targeted for a yet-to-be-announced October 10 event in Newark, New Jersey.
Showtime Sports executive Chris DeBlasio confirmed the addition of the date to the network’s programming schedule with MMA Junkie but stopped short of confirming that the organization would definitely be holding an event that night.