“The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko (34-4-1) is set for his return from a brief retirement.
Spike TV released the following press release:
“San Jose, CA, September 19, 2015 – Spike TV will celebrate New Year’s Eve with an MMA mega-event featuring mixed martial arts worldwide legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Emanating from Tokyo, Japan, the event marks the debut of a new global MMA promotion run by former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
Bellator will partner with Mr. Sakakibara on the MMA extravaganza and will have fighters from its roster participating. The event will be broadcast to Spike’s 93 million homes in the United States.
Fedor’s opponent and further details on the event will be announced at a later date.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Nobuyuki Sakakibara and our partner Bellator President Scott Coker to give MMA fans a big reason to celebrate this New Year’s Eve – Fedor fighting FREE on Spike!” said Kevin Kay, Spike President.
Fedor last fought in June, 2012 and scored a first round KO over Pedro Rizzo. The Russian MMA superstar will look to repeat history on Dec 31 in Tokyo. In 2011, on New Year’s Eve, Fedor thrilled the Tokyo crowd with a punishing first round KO over Satoshi Ishii.”
Fedor was the former Pride Heavyweight Champion where he defeated the likes of Semmy Schilt, Heath Herring, Antonio Nogueira, Gary Goodridge, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Mirko Cro Cop and Hunt.
He then won the Wamma Heavyweight Championship by defeating former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia and then defended it against another former UFC Heavyweight Champion in Andrei Arlovski. Both of which he finished furiously in the opening round.
It wasn’t until he joined Strikeforce that he showed weakness. He started out by easily finishing overrated Brett Rogers but he lost his next three by stoppage. He was submitted by current undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum, then TKO’d by both Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and former Pride, Strikeforce and UFC Champion Dan Henderson.
Fedor left the promotion and was able to secure victories in his next three bouts. He defeated former UFC number 1 contender Jeff Monson via decision, then knocked out Satoshi Ishii and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Pedro Rizzo as mentioned in the press release above. His opponent for the New Year’s Eve event has yet to be determined.