At Bellator 180 media day, Fedor Emelianenko talked about his pay-per-view fight against Matt Mitrione, what it means to fight at Madison Square Garden, his canceled first fight with Mitrione, recent barbs thrown by Chael Sonnen, and much more.
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.
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.
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Tonight during the Bellator MMA broadcast, it was announced that Fedor Emelianenko was returning to fight, but for a new promotion in Japan founded by the man who started PRIDE Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
Fedor will make his return this New Year’s Eve in Japan at a yet-to-be named event against a yet to be determined opponent.
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.
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