According to a report on “Inside MMA” Friday night, Fedor Emelianenko will face Tsuyoshi Kosaka in the main event of Rizin on New Year’s Eve.
Back in 2000, Kosaka earned a victory over Emelianenko via doctor’s stoppage during a fight at Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block B. The loss was the first of the career for “The Last Emperor,” who would go on a 10-year unbeaten run after.
Emelianenko did avenge that defeat in 2005 with a doctor’s stoppage win of his own at Pride Bushido 6.
It was confirmed on Friday that the event will air via tape delay on Spike TV beginning at 10 a.m. ET December 31.