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.
Sherdog.com is also reporting that Emelianenko did not suffer a fractured nose, as was suspected, and he was just healing a cut sustained by the first punch thrown by Brett Rogers.
Emelianenko possesses a mixed martial arts record of 31-1. Emelianenko holds victories over the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Mark Coleman, Mirko “Cro Cop” FIlipovic, Antonio Rodridgo Nogueira, Kevin Randleman, Semmy Schilt and Heath Herring.
Emelianenko is expected to return to the cage in the first quarter of 2010 on a card co-promoted by M-1 Global and Strikeforce.