After a career taking him across the globe it appears Fedor Emelianenko’s current focus is on paying homage to his home country, Russia. Emelianenko fought in his proverbial backyard this past November, beating Jeff Monson by way of decision, and is now poised to do so again at an upcoming show on June 22.
M-1 Global official Evgeni Kogan confirmed the fight earlier today on Twitter. An opponent is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
“The Last Emperor” last fought in December, stopping Satoshi Ishii with strikes. The win was his second straight since losing a trio of tilts under the Strikeforce banner. Emelianenko holds an overall record of 33-4 with past wins over a number of widely-respected peers.
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MMATraining Take: I have no problem with Emelianenko fighting in Russia instead of attempting to sign with a specific promotion. He’s at the end of his career and deserves to do what he wants, having little to prove at this stage. As far as Lashley, I don’t see it being a competitive affair in the least bit, but then again that may be what Emelianenko’s people are looking for in order to hope build his reputation back up.