Fedor Emelianenko Returns to Action This June

April 6, 2012
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Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction BannedFormer heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko will return to action this summer, but as most people should already know, it won’t be in the UFC.

The one time Pride heavyweight champion will next fight on June 21 in his native Russia, according to M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan.

Kogan released the news via Twitter on Friday.

“Fedor Emelianenko fighting on June 21, Ice Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. News on the opponent to come,” wrote Kogan.

The Russian legend last fought at the New Year’s Eve show in Dream to close out 2011, where he defeated Satoshi Ishii by knockout in the first round.

It was Emelianenko’s second win in a row following three straight defeats that ended his career with Strikeforce.

In recent interviews, Emelianenko has mentioned the possibility of returning to the United States to fight, and also how most of the top heavyweights currently reside in the UFC, but UFC president Dana White made it clear they have no interest in signing the former heavyweight king.

Instead, Emelianenko will fight in his native Russia under the M-1 Global banner once again.

As noted by Kogan’s message on Twitter, no opponent has been named as of yet, but with the event so far in the future, there’s no telling on how soon they may secure a fighter to face Emelianenko in Russia.

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  • Read a post on the UG last night by “hammers hamil” that said M-1 was in really bad shape and on the verge of caving. Wonder if Kogan’s twitter “press release” is an attempt to quell the rumors of their pending demise.

  • bajafox

    Overeem might be looking for a job by then, lol

  • brianhussey

    A thousand says Fedor is in the UFC by end of 2012 … early 2013!

    • afk

      who really still cares whether he fights in the ufc or not?

      he isn’t winning any titles at 220 lbs against the baddest collection of heavyweights any promotion has ever seen.

  • Lesnardo

    Maybe Fedor knew Overeem was on drugs and that is why he avoided him like a plague.

    I wouldn’t want to see Fedor vs Overeem simply because Fedor will get seriously hurt in that fight.

    Damn…as soon as I thought the UFC HW division would get exciting because Reem came over…this crap happens.

  • adam1848

    The King of Cans

    • Cptmats

      Your a tool !

  • julianmoran

    With(if) another win, I would love to see Fedor in the ufc. As he is currently fighting he should beat most of the ufc heavy weights. I would bet on Fedor to beat Velaskes for one.

  • Iamrozylo

    M1 always said in order for fedor to fight Overeem, Overeem would have to agree to Olympic style drug testing.

  • clizzark

    Fedor fought Randleman, Coleman, Bigfoot and was willing to fight Barnett, but not Overeem?

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  • Lou Koncsol

    I believe Dana White is making a mistake for the UFC fans. I don’t know if Fedor’s agent was asking too much in terms of money but something tells me that’s not the case. I believe Fedor is feeling better physically having healed of some of his chronic ailments; and, Fedor wants the opportunity to defeat those fighters who defeated him. All three of these fighters, viz. Fabricio Werdum, Bigfoot Silva, and Dan Henderson, are under contract with the UFC. In addition to which, Fedor is correct in saying the top mma fighters (particularly in the heavyweight division) are in the UFC. I’m very disappointed in Dana White’s decision (et al) as I’m sure myriads of other UFC fans are equally disappointed.