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Fedor Emelianenko to Continue Fighting, Return Planned for Fall in Russia

Fedor Emelianenko has decided to continue fighting despite suffering his third-straight loss to Dan Henderson in Strikeforce on July 30 and is expected to return to action at a fall event in Russia against an opponent to-be-determined.

Emelianenko was released by Strikeforce following the loss, which came after a 10-year long winning streak that had him ranked among the top heavyweights and fighters in the world.

“We consulted with Fedor and it was decided that he should not leave the sport in this way. His friends and past opponents support Fedor in continuing his career and he agreed,” M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelstein said Monday. “We want to organize a fight for Fedor in Russia and have already begun working in this direction. If everything goes as planned, we will produce a card in Moscow or St. Petersburg sometime in the fall with Fedor as the main event.

“In addition to the fight in Russia, we’re also working with our Japanese contacts to organize a New Year’s Eve event in Japan that Fedor would participate in as well.”

The cut of Emelianenko followed Strikeforce’s surprising release of heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who is himself scheduled to fight in October in Russia.


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