WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelieanenko will be healed from his recent hand injury in time to compete by New Years Eve, reports Sports Illustrated.
“I think definitely by New Year’s Eve I’ll be ready to go,” Emelianenko told SI. “My desire at this point is to meet with the winner of the fight [between Arlovski and Barnett], but I still have a desire to fight with whomever loses as well.”
Emelianenko was to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arloski in the headline bout of Affliction 2 on October 11th but was forced off the card due to a lingering hand injury re-aggravated in his first-round submission victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia in July. Emelianenko was ultimately replaced by Josh Barnett and the winner of the main event matchup will take on “The Last Emperor” for the WAMMA title down the road, but not on a potential New Year’s Eve card.
Recent rumors about Emelienanko’s next opponent centered on a rematch with PRIDE and UFC veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic but, according to the report, Emelianenko will instead fight a “judo legend or sumo wrestler” at the New Year’s Eve event.