After months of frustrating back-and-forth, MMAFighting.com is reporting that the Strikeforce promotion has finally locked down the services of Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko and that “The Last Emperor” will face off against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva this February as part of Strikeforce’s upcoming heavyweight tournament.
Emelianenko, who has been signed to a multi-fight agreement with Strikeforce, has been out of action since taking what most consider to be his first legitimate loss: a first round submission defeat to Fabricio Werdum dating back to June 26th of last year. Following that loss, Emelianenko’s management company, M-1 Global, sought to rework the current details of “The Last Emperor’s” contract.
Emelianenko will return to action against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva this February 12th at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Their bout will act as part of Strikeforce’s planned heavyweight tournament, which is expected to pit Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem against Werdum, Andrei Arlovski against Sergei Kharitonov, and Brett Rogers against Josh Barnett.
A PRIDE FC veteran, Emelianenko trains out of the Red Devil Sport Club in Stary Oskol, Belgorod Oblast, Russia and owns a professional record of 31-2, 1 No Contest.