M-1 Global confirms Fedor Emelianenko’s return to fighting

Fedor Emelianenko isn’t hanging up his gloves just yet. M-1 officials confirmed previous reports that the Russian heavyweight would not retire and have scheduled a fight for him in the fall.

“We have already reached all the necessary agreements on his fight,” stated M-1 Global co-founder and Fedor’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein.

Once considered the best fighter in the world, and arguably the greatest fighter of all-time, Fedor is in the midst of a three fight losing streak that started in June 2010 with a first round submission loss to Fabricio Werdum. He failed to bounce back against Antonio Silva this past February, not being able to overcome the size of “Bigfoot” and losing via doctor stoppage at the end of the second round. Things didn’t get better for “The Last Emperor” in July as he was finished by Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson in the first round. Following the loss, Strikeforce officials released Fedor from his contract.

Fedor hadn’t lost in almost 10 years prior to the three fight slide, defeating heavyweights such as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko Filipovic, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, and Brett Rogers.

While no opponent has been announced, it’s been rumored that former UFC heavyweight title contender Gabriel Gonzaga could face the famed Russian under the M-1 Global banner. Other options could include the likes of Pedro Rizzo, Todd Duffee, or Bobby Lashley.

*PHOTO CREDIT – ESTHER LIN/STRIKEFORCE*

9 COMMENTS
  • Creature says:

    Id honestly give Gabe my vote for the win on that one.. Duffe maybe if he can catch him before he gets himself caught, but i think Fedor would take Rizzo or lashley

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  • Rece Rock says:

    no opponent has been announced, because they dont want fans to carry on about him kicking a can to get back on track…

    my question is if its going to be on showtime?

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  • MCM says:

    Isn’t Gonzaga fighting Monson next?
    I actually like Monson vs Fedor better. It gives a chance for Fedor to win against a true veteran of the sport and since the Snowman is tough as nails, it won’t be considered a cake walk.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Fedor is irrelevant.

    Pretty soon he will be like Ken Shamrock and unable to get over the fact that he isn’t in his prime any more and guys he would easily beat a few years ago are using him as a stepping stone.

    He is M-1′s bitch and will fight when he is told to and they will protect the investment by giving him cans to pad his record.

    He should have taken UFC up on their offer for the big payday and fought for prolly 7 figures win or lose for 3 fights.

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  • qat says:

    I still think he can beat all four of them, but lets see.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    The list of possible opponents just reinforces the fact that Fedor is in the twilight of his career. A win over a second or third tier opponent doesn’t put him back on track or make him relevant.

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  • climbarock says:

    Hindsight is 20/20 on this one, as always. Obviously, Fedor should have jumped ship to UFC when Pride was crumbling and UFC’s heavyweight division was weaker than the watered-down bloody mary’s at your girlfriend’s favorite brunch spot. IMO, he would have beaten Tim and Randy then, and held the belt for at least 2-3 more fights. Instead things played rather badly for the guy, with the 3 straight losses and Zuffa acquiring Strikeforce and all…I almost feel bad for the guy, but nah, he got paid in his day. Fedor will be alright. Maybe if he crushes a handful of cans Zuffa will have him back. Maybe.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    good call mcm- monson tweeted hes fighting fedor 11/12

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  • Batman says:

    I can’t wait to see him face Monson. Fedor fights great fighters so I dont know what dana is ranting about in this video. http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/08/04/dana-white-joe-silva-question-fedor-emelianenkos-legacy/ Dana is pissed cause showtime has his contract. Dana said he cut Fedor yeah right lol

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