After establishing himself as somewhat of a staple at similar events in his prime, Fedor Emelianenko will fight in Japan on New Year’s Eve for the first time in four years where he’ll attempt to add to his past NYE success against the likes of Mark Hunt and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by beating Olympic Judoka Satoshi Ishii.
The bout, scheduled to take place at DREAM: New Year! 2011, was announced earlier today by DREAM officials.
Emelianenko, who for many years was seen as the consensus best heavyweight in MMA, will be looking for a second consecutive win after snapping his recent three-fight skid with a one-sided Unanimous Decision victory over Jeff Monson last month. “The Last Emperor” has racked up a 32-4 record during his storied run including those over Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and Mirko Filipovic.
Though Ishii may only possess 1/7 of Emelianenko’s experience in the ring he has done well for himself since transitioning from judo, going 4-0-1 in five fights since dropping his debut to PRIDE icon Hidehiko Yoshida.
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