Fedor Emelianenko revealed that he is already training for a specific opponent for his New Year’s Eve return at Rizin FF.
It seems that MMA fans are the only people unaware of Fedor Emelianenko’s next opponent.
The Russian heavyweight legend was a guest commentator at the recent Super MMA Cup of Russia event, where he revealed that he is already in the final portion of his training camp and is preparing for a very specific opponent.
However, while the former Pride Heavyweight champ has been informed of his upcoming opponent on New Year’s Eve, the official announcement will not be made for another week.
Fedor was in Amsterdam for a portion of his training camp and recently returned to Moscow for the final few weeks leading up to his first fight in four years. His sparring partners consisted of fellow Russians like Kirill Sidelnikov, Anatoly Tokov, Vadim German, Victor German and Alexander Kosarev.
Rizin will hold the first of two shows on Dec. 29, which will consist of the five fights in the first round of the light-heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. They will include the reserve fight, Kazushi Sakuraba vs Shinya Aoki, Yuki Motoya vs Nam Jin Jo, AJ Matthews vs Anatoly Tokov, and Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs James Thompson.
The Dec. 31 show will consist of the semi-finals and finals of the tournament, Fedor Emelianenko long awaited return, Kaido Hooverson, Gabi Garcia vs Lei’D Tapa, RENA vs Jleana Valentino.