After the incredible showdown between Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko Cro Cop, who battled for the Pride Heavyweight Championship, DSE President Sakakibara said that he hoped that Cro Cop would challenge Fedor again. The abilities between the two are “paper thin”, “they are very close”. Sakakibara felt that Cro Cop was superior in the 1st round but that Fedor had a better game plan. He felt that during those two years that Cro cop was chasing Fedor, that Fedor took advantage of that time and studied Cro Cop from “head to toe”. He continued saying that Cro Cop needs to study Fedor and gather additional skills, and have a secret technique to fight Fedor with.
So will Cro Cop be Fedor’s next opponent. Not likely. Pres. Sakakibara said that Fedor is eager to fight again, but when depends on his knuckles. But that it could be as soon as the New Year’s Eve show. Two names mentioned by Sakakibara where Rodrigo Nogueira and Mark Hunt. He also said, “As for Fedor the heavyweight champion, he defeated the best challenger and I salute him for that.”