With the recent announcement of Bobby Lashley’s next bout and the UFC’s continued dismissal of any interest in signing him, iconic heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko has apparently turned his attention towards submission specialist Rolles Gracie.

Though not confirmed, rumors of Gracie serving as Emelianenko’s opponent at a June 21 show in Russia were given credence when the 33-year old Gracie went on Twitter and wrote, “Where there is smoke there is fire. My manager is under negotiation with M-1. We’re really close to make this fight against Fedor to happen.”

Gracie’s mention of “M-1” is in relation to M-1 Global, Emelianenko’s management group and owners of the MMA promotion whose banner the summer match-up would likely take place under.

The 6-1 Gracie has submitted all six of the adversaries he’s beaten including Bob Sapp in his most recent outing. He is also on a three-fight winning streak, while Emelianenko has found success in both of his bouts since parting ways with Strikeforce a year ago.


MMATraining Take: Zzzzzzz…..er, what? Sorry, I dozed off at the thought of Emelianenko fighting Gracie. I have little to no interest in the bout from a competitive standpoint but then again I suppose M-1 isn’t looking to challenge their prize racehorse.