Fedor Emelianenko’s Manager, Vadim Finkelstein, has confirmed with M1Mixfight.com that the World’s consensus # 1 ranked Heavyweight has two more fights planned for 2008, after his July 19th “Affliction: Banned” bout against Tim Sylvia.
“Two more fights are planned for Fedor in 2008,” Finkelstein stated in an interview with the website. “The first one in October in the context of the next Affliction show in conjunction with M-1 Global, and the second one at New Year’s Eve in Japan.”
No opponents have been confirmed for the bouts, however the Affliction bout could likely be against one of the other Heavyweights that will be competing on the July 19th card along with Emelianenko. Andre Arlovski will be facing Ben Rothwell, as well as Josh Barnet taking on Pedro Rizzo.
It is believed that his New Year’s Eve bout will be promoted under FEG, which happens to run DREAM and K-1. Emelianenko fought Hong Man Choi on Yarennoka’s card last year on New Year’s Eve as well.
Emelianeko is currently in the final stages of his preparation for his fight against Tim Sylvia, which will be contested for the vacant WAMMA heavyweight championship, making the heavyweight super fight a five-round bout.
It was reported earlier on 5thRound.com that rumors are circulating that Emelianenko may have injured himself in training for the bout, however Emelianenko’s representatives were not available for confirmation. What king and how severe of an injury cannot be confirmed, so this rumor is strictly speculation at this point.
However, if Emelianenko is healthy and able to fight and does indeed compete two more times later this year, it will be the first time since 2005 that he has had more than two fights in a single year. In fact, counting the bout against Choi, it could be four fights in 12 months for the Heavyweight.