According to M-1 Global co-founder Vadim Finkelstein, former undisputed heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will make his return to the cage later this year when he fights in Russia.
Emelianenko has not fought in his native country since 2007. A date, place or opponent has not been announced, but is expected within the next few days.
“Fedor is going to fight in late fall in Russia,” Finkelstein said on the M-1 Global website, “we have reached all the necessary agreements on his fight.”
“The Last Emperor” was last seen in the cage in July, falling by TKO to Dan Henderson in the main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. The loss was the third straight for Emelianenko, who had won 31 of his first 32 professional fights.
Emelianenko’s last fight in Russia came against Matt Lindland at BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations, when he defeated Lindland by armbar in the first round.
Plenty of rumors of an opponent for Fedor have been floating around, including former UFC heavyweight title contender Gabriel Gonzaga, Kevin Randleman, Travis Wiuff and Mike Whitehead.