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Fedor Emelianekno fighting Pedro Rizzo in June

Over the past few weeks a number of opponents were been linked to a summer scrap with iconic heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko including Rolles Gracie and Bobby Lashley. However, in the end, an adversary emerged with comparable name value and a much better resume in tow – Pedro Rizzo.

According to M-1 Global official Evgeni Kogan, Emelianenko and Rizzo have agreed to face off on June 21 in St. Petersburg at an unnamed show expected to occur under the M-1 banner. The bout marks Emelianekno’s second in his proverbial backyard of Russia since parting ways with Strikeforce.

Rizzo holds an overall record of 19-9 and is on a three-fight winning streak including success against Jeff Monson, Gary Goodridge, and Ken Shamrock. Unfortunately, the 37-year old will have been on the sidelines for nearly two years when he finally locks horns with legendary “Last Emperor”, bringing the dreaded notion of “ring rust” into the equation.

The 33-4 Emelianenko will be seeking his third straight victory in the bout, having beaten Monson and Satoshi Ishii in his previous two outings.


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