Former heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko will make his return to Japan, much like he did earlier this year by heading back to Russia to compete, when he meets Satoshi Ishii in the main event of DREAM‘s New Year’s Eve card. The popular Russian became somewhat of a staple on similar cards before joining Affliction/Strikeforce.
The event, which will take place on December 31, goes down at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Emelianenko stopped a three-fight losing skid by earning a decision victory over Jeff Monson in his native country of Russia earlier this year. Fedor had previously lost to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, and Dan Henderson. The defeats knocked his profile down a few pegs but, in Japan, “The Last Emperor” is still widely-accepted as one of the best of all time.
Ishii won Olympic gold in Judo for Japan and is 4-1 in his MMA career. He fought to a draw with former WEC champion Paulo Filho in his last match.
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