Fedor Emelianenko may not be fighting in Strikeforce any longer, but the former Pride champion will continue competing with his next bout expected in Russia later this year.

M-1 Global representative and Emelianenko’s manager Vadim Finkestein says that his fighter isn’t ready to hang up the gloves yet and plans to return to action in his native country in 2011.

“We consulted with Fedor and it was decided that he should not leave the sport in this way. His friends and past opponents support Fedor in continuing his career and he agreed,” said Finkelstein. “We want to organize a fight for Fedor in Russia and have already begun working in this direction. If everything goes as planned, we will produce a card in Moscow or St. Petersburg sometime in the fall with Fedor as the main event.”

Finkelstein has also planned a return for Fedor in Japan with a show hopefully concluding 2011 for a New Year’s Eve card.

“In addition to the fight in Russia, we’re also working with our Japanese contacts to organize a New Year’s Eve event in Japan that Fedor would participate in as well,” Finkelstein commented.

While Fedor’s immediate plans land him in Russia and possibly Japan, the former Pride and Strikeforce fighter isn’t done competing in the United States yet. The M-1 Global fighter still has a standing deal with Showtime and hopes to return to the states in 2012.

“If all is successful, in 2012 we’ll be back in the U.S,” said Finkelstein. “All these ideas are being developed right now and we want to work exactly according to this plan.”

Emelianenko has suffered three consecutive losses after his storied career saw him undefeated for several years.

Following his latest defeat at the hands of Dan Henderson in late July, Emelianenko was effectively released from Strikeforce, although he never had a contract with the promotion directly.

M-1 Global has not released an opponent or date for Emelianenko’s return, but more news is expected in the coming weeks.


Damon Martin is the lead staff writer and radio host for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.


view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Fedor Emelianenko: I can help so many Russian fighters, but they keep rejecting me

  • 25 days ago
  • 47 views

That's like someone rejecting guitar lessons from "Slash," or hoop tips from Michael Jordan... or prediction advice from "Nostradumbass." Quick question: If you had the opportunity to get advice and read news >>

Fedor Emelianenko admits Russian fighters don’t want his advice: They've rejected my help many times

  • 25 days ago
  • 146 views

Retired MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko revealed that the current generation of fighters in Russia doesn’t want to take his advice. Attend an MMA event in Russia and you will be met with a sea of ‘Last read news >>

Loss to Fedor Emelianenko Still Haunts Andrei Arlovski | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 8 views

Six years after being knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in Affiction, the loss still haunts former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski. read news >>

UFC Quick Quote: Andrei Arlovski still has f---ing nightmares about Fedor Emelianenko loss

  • 26 days ago
  • 21 views

"My nightmare is fuckin' when Emelianenko knocked my ass out in Affliction. You know it's ridiculous. It was so far back, and four years ago it was the biggest fight of my life and you know I fought read news >>

Andrei Arlovski: My nightmare is when Fedor Emelianenko knocked my ass out in Affliction.

  • 26 days ago
  • 141 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion Andre Arlovski recounts his knockout loss to Fedor Emelianenko back in Affliction. read news >>

ONE Championship announces three upcoming shows in China

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

ONE Championship has announced a trio of upcoming shows that will take place in China.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News read news >>

White hasn't spoken to ex-champ Georges St-Pierre after new drug-testing plans

  • 28 days ago
  • 24 views

When longtime UFC champion Georges St-Pierre decided to take a break from MMA, he cited a performance-enhancing drug problem and the UFC’s inadequate drug testing as two of his primary reasons.Filed read news >>

Watch UFC 184's post-fight press conference on MMAjunkie

  • 29 days ago
  • 11 views

LOS ANGELES – UFC 184 takes place Saturday. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-fight news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).Filed under: read news >>

UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano Results

  • 29 days ago
  • 44 views

MMA Fighting brings you UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano results. UFC 184 takes place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The event is headlined by a fight between UFC women's bantamweight champi read news >>