Look back at the performances of King Mo and Fedor Emelianenko as they put on a show from the legendary Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Witness King Mo’s fantastic tournament run to Fedor’s return from retirement at the Rizin Fighting Federation on New Year’s Eve 2015.
Rizin sought out Couture after they received heavy backlash from announcing Jaideep Singh as Fedor’s opponent in October.
Singh, who has only two fights in MMA, will take on the heavyweight legend on December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Despite his inexperience in mixed martial arts, the Indian-born fighter has won 40 kickboxing bouts and has fought the likes of Gokhan Saki and Sergei Kharitonov. However, despite his resume, fans were largely disappointed with his booking against Emelianenko.
Rizin reportedly reached out to several heavyweights, but contractual obligations prevented a more promising bout from materializing.
Emelianenko vs. Singh will top off an entire weekend of Japanese MMA and K-1 action. From Dec 29-31, Rizin FF will host a World Grand Prix featuring Bellator fighters and combat sports legends. Check out the full lineup below.
Dec. 29 show
Grand Prix Round 1
Mohammad Lawal vs. Brett McDermott
Bruno Cappelozza vs. Teodoras Aukstuolis
Satoshi Ishii vs. Jiri Prochazka
Goran Reljic vs. Vadim Nemkov
Valentin Moldavsky vs. Yuta Uchida (Reserve fight)
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shinya Aoki
A.J. Mathhews vs. Anatoly Tokov
James Thompson vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. DJ Taiki
Kirill Sidelnikov vs. Carlos Toyota
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Hinata Watanabe
Yuki Motoya vs. Felipe Efrain
Akiyo Nishiura vs. Hiroya Kawabe
Dec. 31 show
Fedor Emelianenko vs.
Grand Prix Tournament Final
Brennan Ward vs. Ken Hasegawa
Tournament Semi-final x 2
Yang Ming vs. Takeru
Kaido Höövelson vs. Jerome Le Banner
Shoot Boxing Rules
Bob Sapp vs. Akebono
Kron Gracie vs Asen Yamamoto
Gabi Garcia vs. Lei’d Tapa
RENA vs. Jleana Valentino
Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Andy Souwer
The upstart Rizin Fighting Federation made the announcement during a news conference. Emelianenko (34-4), regarded by most as one of the greatest heavyweights in MMA history, will face Singh (1-0), a kickboxer from India with just one MMA fight on his resume.
The 38-year-old Emelianenko started planning a return to MMA earlier this year after a 2012 retirement, leading many to suggest that the Russian fighting legend could finally make his way to the UFC. Then there was speculation he would go to Bellator.
But instead, he signed with Rizin for his comeback, a promotion started by former PRIDE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara. In September, Sakakibara appeared on the Spike broadcast for Bellator 142, along with Emelianenko, to announce that he will return to the world of MMA, and his new promotion’s first event will take place New Year’s Eve in Tokyo with Emelianenko in the main event. Bellator broadcast partner Spike has exclusive U.S. rights to the event.
When Fedor Emelianenko announced his return to mixed martial arts, many hoped that the Russian heavyweight legend would end up fighting for the UFC. However, despite several encouraging signs, Fedor eventually signed with Japanese upstart promotion Rizin FF, headed by former Pride FC boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
During an impromptu periscope session with Russian sports outlet Championat, Fedor explained his reasons for not signing the “one-sided” contract with the UFC.
“I’m not ready to fight under the contract conditions that was offered by the UFC on the terms that they decided,” said Fedor. “Contract was just draconian and oppressive. I’m not ready to sign such an enslaving contract. First of all, they should show respect for the fighters — the kind of respect I receive in Japan”
Fedor is currently in Moscow following a month-long stay in the Netherlands for a specialized training camp. The 39-year-old trained with the likes of Vitaly Minakov, Kirill Sidelnikov, Vadim Nemkov, Valentin Moldovan, and Anatoly Tokov.
With less than two weeks remaining before his long awaited return, Fedor’s opponent has not been officially announced by the promotion. The announcement is expected to occur during a Friday press conference in Tokyo, Japan.
Tonight all the speculation regarding heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent for RIZIN 2 on New Years Eve can finally come to an end, as RIZIN has scheduled a Press Conference to announce Fedor’s next foe.
The Conference can be watched here.
(EN) Live streaming Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent announcement on our website! https://t.co/WYXdz9MAD5 #rizinff #mmajp #jmma
Before the return of the greatest heavyweight champion in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, Spike takes an in-depth look at his life and explores the motivations and mystique of the man who is already legend, the one and only Fedor Emelianenko.
Original story: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2015/12/7/9862588/fedor-emelianenko-conditioning-russia-coach-training-hard-mma-news
Renowned Russian coach Vladimir Voronov has high expectations for the long-awaited return of his legendary pupil Fedor Emelianenko.
After witnessing Fedor take part in several training camps in the Netherlands, Moscow, and his hometown of Stary Oskol, Voronov is convinced that the former Pride heavyweight champion made the correct decision to return to professional fighting.
“He clearly has had a long break but Fedor now has perfect conditioning,” Voronov said after
M-1 Challenge 63 in St. Petersburg. “He is training hard like he is young again. His hard work and experience will make for a very interesting fight.”
While Fedor’s opponent is yet to be publicly announced, the Russian heavyweight is already aware of his upcoming foe and has begun the final stages of his preparation. His coach, however, is not concerned with the person standing opposite Fedor on Dec. 31.
“It doesn’t matter who his opponent is. If Fedor is ready, he can beat anyone.”
Here is a video of a Sambo fight between Fedor and his coach:
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.