M-1 Global director of operations Evgeni Kogan has announced heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (Pictured) will return to action on June 21st. Outside of that, minimal information was released regarding “The Last Emperor’s” comeback fight.
“Breaking!!! Fedor Emelianenko fighting on June 21st, Ice Palace, St Petersburg, Russia. News on the opponent to come!” Kogan tweeted just moments ago.
Rumors had been circulating M-1 Global, Emelianenko’s longtime management team and mixed martial arts promotion which he reportedly has a financial interest in, was going out of business. Kogan did not confirm whether their meal ticket’s upcoming contest would be promoted by M-1.
Emelianenko snapped his three-fight losing skid in November by posting an uneventful unanimous decision victory over Jeff Monson. The 35-year-old followed that up by quickly disposing of Satoshi Ishii on New Year’s Eve in Japan.
Prior to righting the ship, the most decorated heavyweight in the game’s history had difficulties collecting wins in America under Strikeforce’s banner. He made his claim to MMA fame for his vast accomplishments in Japan’s PrideFC in the early-mid 2000′s.
At one stage in his illustrious career, Emelianenko had rattled off 27 consecutive Ws. However, some will always question his credentials because he never competed in the UFC.