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Fedor Emelianenko Opens As Moderate Favorite Over Pedro Rizzo

Fedor Emelianenko claims that the last fight of his career will take place on June 21st in St. Petersburg, Russia when he faces off with Pedro Rizzo. We all know Fedor isn’t the invincible monster he used to be, but I was sort of surprised at the opening betting line for the bout with Rizzo. Source:

The only site taking bets on the bout so far is Sports Interaction, which offers the above line. Fedor opened at -220 yesterday and has already moved a bit since then.

Considering that Pedro Rizzo is 38 years old and hasn’t stepped into the cage in close to two years, it seems very odd that the line is as close as it is. Rizzo’s last two fights on a big stage didn’t work out too well for him as he was brutally knocked out by Josh Barnett and Gilbert Yvel back in 2008 and 2009 respectively. He is on a three-fight winning streak, but the last two came over Gary Goodridge and Ken Shamrock.

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Fedor To Face Pedro Rizzo in Russia

It was already announced that Fedor Emelianenko’s next fight would be June 21 in Russia, but now the former heavyweight kingpin has an opponent. He will square off with another longtime veteran of the sport in Pedro Rizzo, according to M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan.

Fedor has recently bounced back from a three-fight losing streak that pushed him out the door at Strikeforce. He scored victories over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii to close out 2011, putting him back on the winning track.

This fight with Rizzo will be Fedor’s first of 2012.

Rizzo is on a three-fight winning streak himself, having defeated Monson, Gary Goodridge, and Ken Shamrock consecutively. The fight with Shamrock, his most recent, too place in July of 2010; so it will have been almost two years since Rizzo fought when he faces Fedor in Russia.

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