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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.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/FEG

42 COMMENTS
  • Lord Faust says:

    I have an advance copy of the poster: image link

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  • Lord Faust says:

    That poster is technically good for any of Fedor’s fights, moving forward.

    Just another example of how I like to give back to the community.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Wow if Fedor wins this one how can Zuffa resist signing him…?

    Monson, Ishii and Rizzo…. that’s a fucking murders row if I ever saw one.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Can’t wait to see how Logic spins this news….

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  • MCM says:

    Rece-
    Blah, Blah, Blah..UFC nuthuggers….Blah, Blah, Blah….Dana White ruining MMA….Blah, Blah, Blah….Sheeple.

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  • MCM says:

    I like this fight better than Lashley though.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Maybe if Fedor wins this, he’ll go double-or-nothing and challenge Maurice Smith.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    The poster was priceless. Too funny.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    man you some disrespectful motherfuckers, Pedro Rizzo may be 10 12 years past his prime but he is a pioneer of this sport, he is a legend. just because he never wore gold doesnt mean he wasnt one of the baddest and most feared fuckers on the planet at one point.
    calling him a can is beyond disrespectful. its a fucking dumb ass fight and i dont really wanna watch it, but calling him a can just shows how little these young ass, ill informed fans of this sport have to offer: very fucking little. fucking baby nuts

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    hendo vs fedor rematch. Thats a real main event.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Pedro isn’t a can by the traditional definition, but he’s being used as one here. His last win was over Ken Shamrock, like two years ago.

    Yes, Pedro did a lot. He probably still has some of the nastiest leg kicks in MMA. You might think I’m young, but I still recall Randy talking about not walking properly for weeks after his fight with Rizzo.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’m still not going to clear by any future Photoshop jobs by you in advance though.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    i dont give a fuck about what you photo shop, if you love this sport like you claim, show some fucking respect where its due

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Well, you used the word “fuck” so many times I can’t help but be convinced.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Here hindsight, I made a new one for you:

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Argh, link eaten: here.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I liI agree with Hindsight here as Pedro was a very bad man in his prime, really good counter striker, very tough to take down, you need to have respect for a guy like Rizzo even if you dont like the match up he is a fighter that does the right things and doesnt go for the easy money.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Anytime the topic of Fedor comes up, negativity/disrespect abounds. That’s the way it works.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    This is a the MMA equivalent of a pro-wrestling squash match. As stated by others, Rizzo is over a decade out of his prime.

    As much as I grief on Fedor, I think he could find a better opponent than Rizzo. A win here doesn’t mean anything, as Rizzo has been inactive.

    I’m still going to watch, and it would be sweet if Rizzo wins. It would be the end of Fedor, though.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah, as has been the case for quite a while now, it sucks that Fedor isn’t fighting under the UFC banner.

    Fedor had already established himself as a true icon of the sport by the time the UFC was starting to really break through. And while the UFC obviously wants to have the best fighters in the world in its stable, it’s even more concerned about maintaining a stronghold on the MMA landscape (for better & worse), part of which includes forcing fighters to adhere to very rigid criteria in order to come onboard.

    So the UFC’s demands just couldn’t be reconciled with the demands of the fighter widely considered the GOAT during that prolonged period of stalled negoations. Fedor was an incredibly unique case, unlike any other fighter, and so it just wasn’t a black-and-white sort of thing. Frustrating all around, with plenty of shared blame from my POV.

    And in terms of general fan sentiment, while Fedor certainly has a strong contingent of support, I think the amount of negativity & disrespect towards the guy is totally egrigious in many cases. With this latest topic, it just gets applied to Rizzo by extension.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    To be fair, who else is Fedor supposed to fight, as long as the M1uppets prevent him from being in the UFC? I hear Tomey’s looking around.

    Faust – good poster. Also appropriate for eight of ten Anderson Silva fights. Although the one for AS v Sonnen could just have a headliess chicken on it.

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  • fitfreak says:

    Pretty funny, but who is Fedor supposed to fight? Apparantly Rizzo was training last year for a fight with Timmy that never happened, so it isn’t like he’s coming out of retirement to take this fight.

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  • MCM says:

    I said it above that I like this fight more than the Lashley fight, but to think this is anything more than a set up for a Fedor victory is ridiculous. If they really wanted to keep Fedor relevant, they should have signed the fight with Rolles Gracie.
    Although only a year of 2 younger than Fedor, he’s still pretty new in the MMA game and has a decent, although not stellar, record. And he’s still wanting to make a name for himself in the business, unlike a lot of other fighters that are coasting on passed glory.
    I admit that it’s tough to find someone for Fedor outside of Zuffa. Most of the guys are well passed their prime (Rizzo,Shamrock), were never very good to begin with but had little competition (AA, Timmmay, Monson) or are still pretty green with good potential (Gracie, Duffee, even Hague).
    But this has always been the frustrating thing about Fedor. Even when he was the GOAT he would take these strange matches that did nothing for him, Zulu, Hong, Kosaka, even some MW’s.
    Even if he couldn’t come to an agreement with the UFC, he still could have tried his best to constantly take on the best fighters. Like instead of coming to SF and fighting Brett Rogers, he should have fought Overeem right off the bat. Or
    Fedor is an undisputed legend, and even today is the greatest HW of all time. But his record will always be looked at a little cross ways, cause he has and continues to take fights with guys that don’t belong in the cage with him.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    MCM hit it on the head. Fedor has had more than his share of filler fights mixed in with the fights that made him a legend.

    If he really wanted to be in the UFC he would be. It is about money now and not legacy. He could easily drop some of his co promotion demands offer to fight in the UFC in a heavily incentive laden contract and IF he is as good as everyone on the Internet thinks, he should have no problem with the current bunch of UFC HW’s.

    That is never gonna happen cause he can get ten times the amount of money, fight guys that look good on paper but, in reality are just a shell of what they used to be, and take his fat stack of Rupees to the bank.

    So sick of hearing about what Fedor “used to be” while everyone forgets what happened last few times he fought guys in their primes. Let’s not forget he got KO’d by a guy who could easily make MW.

    Unless Fedor can find the fountain of youth out in Siberia someplace and return to 2006 form, I think his relevance in nothing more than a footnote. I’m sure until he retires we will have these Fedor threads

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  • darth_irritable says:

    MCM – I don’t know it’s fair to say AA wasn’t that good – it just turned out a glass jaw hurts your ability to be HW champ – who’d a thunk? He was winning against Fedor until Big Red punched him out of the air.

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  • MCM says:

    perhaps not, but he did make a name for himself in an extremely week division at a time when there weren’t may good HW’s.

    Side note: I saw a slo-mo gif of all those shots AA was throwing and not a one of them landed. It looked like he was tagging Fedor up during the fight, but on closer inspection, you see just how good Fedor really was.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    here’s a few non Zuffa heavyweights Fedor could fight and build his reputation back up
    Gerald Turek
    Guram Gugenishvilli
    Thiago Santos,
    Cole Conrad
    Damian Grabowski
    Kazuhisa Tazawa
    Raphael Davis
    Roy Boughton
    Shamil Abdurahimov
    Baga Agaev
    Mike Martelle
    Kevin Asplund
    Roger Lloret
    Attila Vegh

    its bullshit to say there is no one for him to fight, there may be no household names, but most of those guys above vary from decent to awesome prospects, mostly fighting in around Europe

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    First of all if you think Pedro is a can you dont know the fist thing about MMA. Which is true of a lot of you. His career is compariable to that of Couture. 2nd “blah blah M1 are badies blah blah Fedor fights cans blah blah Fedor is naughty and should not be allowed in the UFC” sound familiar M1? It should becuz you and those other clowns are like a broken record. Always rushing to SPIN any mention of Fedor in a negative light. It doesnt matter what it is, he could want to fight a UFC fighter or refuse to sign the UFC contract and both will be seen as bad by you. Its predictable and sad. I think you know your just another Fedor hater.
    Anyway I think Rizzo is a threat to Fedor just like he would be a threat to Werdum, Nelson, Struve, Russow, Griggs, Browne etc etc. I know those fighters have had their ability enhanced by the UFC magic that you guys eat up but even after that magic that seems to mean so much to you guys has worked, I think Rizzo would be a real handfull for many UFC HWs. But Fedor isnt allowed to fight anyone becuz dickheads call his opposition cans even when they are #2 in the world.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    But that doesn’t build his reputation up fighting prospects who are just starting out, the argument would just be that Fedor instead of fighting former good fighters who are now cans, is now fighting people who don’t know what they are doing.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    My comment was to hindsight by the way

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    So who is Fedor allowed to fight? Becuz UFC top HWs got there name by beating guys no better than the list Hindsight put together. Look at Carwins career, he has only faced about 4 guys that are not “cans” in his entire career. The big difference is that if they do it in the UFC its considered more legit and also just becuz its Fedor, if he doesnt fight any top 3 UFC HW its not good enough. Funny thing is those same people dont want him to be able to fight the top UFC HWs. They just want to hate him.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    MCM – fair about divisional depth. You have a link to that gif? I only saw video on youtube – looked pretty clean shots on that.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Some of the people on here said Werdum was not a suitable opponent and Fedor would kill him. Then Big Foot was not good enough, followed by Hendo not being a real challenge. Its just becuz people dont know what the fuk they are talking about. Some of those same people picked Nelson (the amazing standup fighter) to beat Werdum. Werdum then torn him appart on the feet. Also these geniuses tried to reason that becuz Overeem struggled with Werdum that Alistairs stand up is not good and Lesnar would kill him. Obviously there is a real lack of understanding of how fighting works by a lot of people.

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  • MCM says:

    @LOGIC
    “Fedor is an undisputed legend, and even today is the greatest HW of all time.” – MCM
    Yep. Sounds like Fedor hating to me.

    Why don’t you learn to read before you go around commenting. Fedor has achieved a level in MMA most fighters will never dream of. Even after three losses in a row he’s still a top 15 fighter. So when he takes fights with guys that aren’t even ranked, yes, it looks like can crushing. But since 19 of the top 20 or so guys are with Zuffa it makes it hard for him to find someone close to his level. That’s why I liked the Gracie fight best. Gracie isn’t anywhere close to Fedor yet, but I’d rather see Fedor taking on prospects in the dawn of their careers, rather than names in the twilight of theirs.

    @darth-irritable
    This isn’t the one I remember, it apparently has been taken down, but it’s still not a bad couple of gifs.
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/f61/fedor-vs-aa-gif-recap-warning-56k-40mb-908235/

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Thats better.
    Perhaps I should try to get that out of you more often?

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  • Lord Faust says:

    What, you need to see it twice?

    Rolles was at least a newer talent, and a more interesting fight. Spare me the condescending talk of how I “don’t know” who Rizzo is, by the way. His career is certainly not comparable to Couture. We can pull out all the tired terms like “pioneer”, “legend”, whatever — the fact remains beating Rizzo means fuck all today. Until this article was posted, I can guarantee you weren’t sitting around wondering “golly, I wonder if Pedro Rizzo is doing anything right now.”

    Personally, I’d bust a nut if Fedor told his M-1 guys to back off , and he did something crazy like enter a Bellator tournament. You’d see me mark out huge for something like that. Otherwise, sorry, but fights against guys with zero relevance and minor name value just bring out the troll in me.

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  • MCM says:

    Or you could just focus on the Reading Comprehension we keep talking about. Go to your local community college, sign up for an ESL class and pay attention.
    We know you can overcome these difficulties. We’re all pulling for you buddy.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Oh I read all your attempts to discredit Fedors opponents just fine MCM. I remember very clearly all your attacks on him, Overeem, AA, Sylvia etc. I also read your attacks on M1. I read and understand just fine.
    “Fedor shouldnt be allowed in the UFC now” were pretty close to your words. Im sure you meant that with respect though.
    I understand your words very well MCM.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    There’s no way you are actually for real.

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  • MCM says:

    LOGIC ” “Fedor shouldnt be allowed in the UFC now” were pretty close to your words.”

    Actually, “Fedor should be fighting UFC fighters” is closer to my words. Although I didn’t say either lines. So no, you don’t understand.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    You didnt say that or that Cain shouldnt fight him. Hmmm I think you did but if not I didnt say ”
    Blah, Blah, Blah..UFC nuthuggers….Blah, Blah, Blah….Dana White ruining MMA….Blah, Blah, Blah….Sheeple.” either so maybe we are even.

    After Dana White said “Hell no” to having Fedor in the UFC.

    “How can anyone not be with Dana. Fedor had a chance to fight in the UFC and he blew it”
    -MCM
    I must have misunderstood this one aswell.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    So, what you’re saying is MCM called this entire thread about 5 posts in.

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