The next opponent for “The Last Emperor” has finally been announced, as Fedor Emelianenko will take on Pedro Rizzo at the June 21st M-1 event in St. Petersburg, Russia. The event, which takes place at The Ice Palace, has had no other scheduled bouts announced.
Emelianenko (33-4-1NC) last fought in December at the New Year’s Eve Dream card in Saitama, Japan, where he knocked out Satoshi Ishii in the first round. This was his second consecutive win, after he defeated Jeff Monson in November. These wins followed three consecutive losses in Strikeforce, to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, and Dan Henderson. Prior to that, the Russian great had won eleven straight bouts, dating back to a no-contest to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in 2004.
He will face Rizzo (19-9), who has not fought since July 2010, when he defeated Ken Shamrock at Impact FC 2. The three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger has won five of his last seven fights dating back to 2007, which includes wins over Shamrock, Gary Goodridge, and two wins over Jeff Monson. He was scheduled to take on former UFC champion Tim Sylvia at ProElite 2 in November, but withdrew from the matchup due to injury.
Despite continued rumors that Emelianenko could be signing with the UFC, President Dana White has put those rumors to rest repeatedly over the last few weeks.