As had been reported before, Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will indeed go for his third straight win since dropping a trio of tilts under the Strikeforce banner when he takes to the ring on June 21 for a fight in front of his fellow countrymen. Now “The Last Emperor” has an opponent for the bout – Pedro Rizzo.
Rizzo’s involvement was announced earlier today on Twitter by M-1 Global executive Evgeni Kogan (whose company manages Emelianenko’s career). Kogan also confirmed the show will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia as expected.
“The Rock” has come out with his hand raised in three consecutive clashes including wins over Ken Shamrock and Jeff Monson. However, the 19-9 striker hasn’t fought in nearly two years while focusing on his work as a trainer/humanitarian in Brazil. Other wins in Rizzo’s career include those over Ricco Rodriguez, Andrei Arlovski, and Josh Barnett.
Comparably, Emelianenko is 33-4 in his career with a number of impressive victories to his credit as well such as success against Monson, Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Mirko Filipovic, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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