Fedor Emelianenko fighting in June, could face Bobby Lashley

As expected, Fedor Emelianenko will look for his third straight win this summer after looking sharp in a previous pair of outings against Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii. Though potential venues in Monte Carlo and even the United States were mentioned for the bout, it looks as though Emelianenko will be fighting in front of his countrymen under the M-1 Global banner.

According to M-1 executive Evgeni Kogan (via Twitter), “The Last Emperor” has agreed to make an appearance in the ring at an event on June 22 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The bout will mark the second fight for Emelianenko in his homeland in the last six months with the first involving his outpointing of Monson. Specific details surrounding the scrap are still a bit sketchy, as no opponent has been revealed, though it appears at least one face fans are familiar with is receiving serious consideration – Bobby Lashley.

MMAJunkie was first to report news of Lashley’s possible involvement.

Lashley, who was last seen picking up an opening round submission in November, was linked to the lineup by a source familiar with the developing card. The former Strikeforce stand-out is 7-1 in his career but has never faced an adversary with Emelianenko’s credentials.

The 35-year old Russian holds an overall record of 33-4 with 25 stoppages and wins over some of the best in the business such as prime versions of Mirko Filipovic and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

24 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    Fedor may be on the downside of his incredible career, but I don’t see Lashley being able to beat Fedor under any circumstances.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Even money says Lashley has some reason for pulling out of the fight.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    And yes, Fedor should win this pretty easily.

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  • MCM says:

    Bring on Ken Shamrock!

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  • Dufresne says:

    And Kimo!

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    how bou sapp??

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  • Dufresne says:

    I heard Sapp is already scheduled to throw a fight against Pudzianowski in May. And he’ll probably be throwing his next fight as well, since it’s only scheduled 6 days later…

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  • adamsfamily says:

    Just watch this space – fedor vs cain in the ufc.
    The amount of back room dealings will have trebled since overeem has thrown a spanner in the works.

    It’ll be announced out of the blue – he will be on a single fight contract to see if he wins. If not its – oh he could never cut it in the ufc like we said.
    If he wins – then its barnett or cormier in the ufc to put the nail in the strikeforce coffin, then the winner of jds and Mir.

    At least they know he wont be juicing.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Bobby Lashley? Rofl. Oh man this is funny! Let me guess once Fedor easily beats Lashley then he should be given an automatic UFC title shot?

    How long before Tod Duffee signs on to fight Fedor? Ken Shamrock is still fighting and would prolly fight Fedor.

    Once Fedor beats a who’s who of nobodies, how could the UFC not jump to sign him?

    But I’m sure my opinions are just because I’m a UFC tool on Zuffas payroll, right? Lol

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  • Dachman says:

    If he beats Lashley he step it up and take on a TUF reject…so sad.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Fedor versus Tim Sylvia, for a spot on the octagon setup crew. (May have to throw in half a dozen canteen lunches for Timmeh, though.)

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Yes MAD hater lets look at Fedors last 8 opponents. Monson, Ishi, Hendo, BigFoot, Werdum, Rogers, Sylvia and Arlovski. Thats 6 top 10s and a true vetran in Monson. Now look at every other HWs record in their last 8. Find many that have faced 6 top 10s? Dude you think a little bit. A whos who of nobodies, WTF are you talking about? His last 8 have been a whos who of UFC, Pride and SF champions and contenders. Thats 3 former UFC champs, 2 world grappling champs and a judo gold medalist.
    So Fedor isnt allowed to fight any UFC fighters or SF fighters even though he wants to is he. Lashley is 7-1 and if he was in the UFC he prolly would have already had a title shot.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    JDS has faced 2 top 10s in his Career, Fedor has faced 6 in his last 8 fights. Dont let reality ruin a good hate session.
    Chadd Griggs must be shit too, Lashley dominated him for nearly 2 rds before gassing.
    But yeah whats next for Fedor? Yvel, Stojnic, Wain or Wellisch. Oh no sorry they are prolly all worse than Lashley…and opponents in Carwin, JDS and Cains last 5.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Just wondering who the big names are that JDS, Nelson, Struve, Cain, Carwin, Gonzaga and Barry had beaten before the UFC jumped to sign them Mad hater. Im sure they all beat bigger names than Monson and Lashley right? Im not sure Fedor would sign with the UFC even if they jumped Mad hater, he has refused their offers for over 10 years. I think he would be a good edition to the UFC but then again I dont hate him for no reason like many of you.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I’ve never in my life seen a bigger mark for anyone or anything. Keep clinging to your delusions Logic. I need a good laugh from the weekly “Fedor to fight another can” thread.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    fedor has been a divisive topic for quite a while now but no matter how you slice it he’s one of the all time greats. he and anderson would be the first 2 on the mount rushmore of MMA.

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  • Sykotick says:

    Rogers’ biggest and only win was Arlovski.
    Iishi, haha
    Monson, haha couldn’t beat timmay
    Now, Timmay, checkered before Fedor, loss to randy, win over vera, loss to note, then lost to Fedor, mercer and others.
    Arlovski, glass jaw and was tagging Fedor at will till he went retarded and tried to fly.
    Dum lost to JDS, won controversially over Vera, lucked out eight Gonzaga, ehh ok against Bigfoot. Stopped Fedor.
    Bigfoot, couldn’t stop Arlovski, lost to Dum, and STOPPED Fedor.
    Hendo, a LHW, Got all he could handle against Shields, stopped a laughable Babalu who hasn’t been the Babalu of old since Chuck kicked him in the face. STOPPED Fedor.
    And let’s not talk about the fact that “UFC Heavyweight Champion” didn’t mean anything for a long time. There were no contenders. Eilers, Buentello, Monson, Gonzaga. Those were all one time contenders to for the title. Laughable.
    It’s funny cuz you hate the UFC but bulk up their past fighters to make Fedor’s record seem better.
    Anyway, I’m done. Peace love and all that shit lol

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  • Sykotick says:

    Damn auto correct, note= Nog

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Always the same people saying. “the ranked fighters Fedor faced were not good” “Fedor is scared of the UFC HWs” “M1 are naughty naughty people” “UFC is really super dooper and I like it” “Dana is a special kind of great” “anyone who Dana has a disagreement with loses all fighting ability through magic” “Fedor shouldnt be in the UFC but Im looking forward to that fat over the hill boxer taking on that youtube sensation” “anyone who leaves the UFC in dispute was cut” “anyone from outside of the UFC wouldnt last 1 rd against a mid level UFC fighter despite all the times thats been proven wrong” “Fedor fights cans like that #2 and #5 ranked fighter that were good until Fedor fought them and now, becuz I hate Fedor, they are cans” Nelson is good” “Arlovski was just about to lose to Nelson before they were stood up” “gosh darn it the UFC is not just a brand name its part of me”
    Always the same sheep. Its predictable. Even if the article said “Fedor knocks out 50 UFC HWs in 3 secs” the same people would be on here saying “pffft 50 ex UFC fighters, he would get killed by the UFC champ, Kimbo Slice”

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Weren’t Lashley and Fedor suppose to fight before and Lashley turned it down because it would be an instant loss and he didn’t want a bad record?

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  • Sykotick says:

    Lol Idk where you’re getting that from. I like Fedor. I agree that he is probably going to go down as the greatest heavyweight of all time, with a reasonable claim to greatest fighter of all time, where you and I disagree is that I don’t think he has fought the greatest competition RECENTLY.
    And for someone who is calling me part of the flock of sheep, look who is taking the same route every anti UFC guy takes. When presented with FACTS, like the weakness of the HW division when Andrei was #2 and Timmay was #5 resorts to an altered reality to where we all inhale the smoke that Dana blows out his ass.
    Fact. I’ve never said Fedor was a bad fighter.
    Fact. I am a Fedor fan.
    Fact. He hasn’t fought the best recently, and that includes the fighters you named.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    It’s too easy MMA logic. You are such a tool it has blinded you to the reality of things. All those “quotes” aren’t what people say but what you imagine when you think that not everyone else has a huge man crush on Fedor.

    You need to face it that the days of Fedor being the unquestioned #1 HW vanished for good when Bigfoot put a beating on him.

    I’m sure you have some excuse for that or some imagined conspiracy that we are just not big enough Fedor fanboys to know.

    You moronic rantings about everyone just being too blind to see the truth and your repeated listing of his last 8 to10 opponents with justification as to why Fedor is still best fighter, come across as desperate and a bit immature.

    It’s too easy to push your buttons but, you really need to get a grip and face reality that this is no longer 2005 where Fedor is still revered as unbeatable.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    The fact this argument is happening in the comments section of “Fedor possibly fighting Bobby Lashley”, I’d say Fedor’s standing in the worldwide HW rankings is moot, at best.

    Seriously guys…. Bobby fuckin’ Lashley. If Fedor wins this fight he’s just barely qualified to fight Chad Griggs.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Rumor is now that Rolles Gracie is in talks with M-1 to fight Fedor..

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