Fedor Emelianenko, Pedro Rizzo Cleared for M-1 Global 'Fedor vs. Rizzo' in Russia
and Pedro Rizzo
made weight at the M-1
Global “Fedor vs. Rizzo”
weigh-ins on Wednesday. Emelianenko
checked in at 235.9 pounds, while Rizzo tipped the scales at 244
ahead of their titular heavyweight headliner, which takes place
Thursday at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
An additional pair of heavyweight confrontations will also go down
at the event, as interim champion Kenny
Garner (258.8) tries to unify his title against returning M-1
Global champion Guram
Gugenishvili (252.6), while ex-UFC title challenger Jeff Monson
(234.8) faces nine-year pro Denis Komkin
(249.1). Lightweight champion Daniel
Weichel (155) will also be in action, as the German defends his
title against Russian talent Musa
Once regarded as the sport's top heavyweight, Emelianenko has
stumbled in recent times, suffering a trio of consecutive losses
inside the Strikeforce cage prior to receiving his promotional
walking papers. The former longtime Pride Fighting Championships
ruler rebounded with a pair of victories to close out 2011,
however, outpointing Monson in November before dispatching Satoshi
Ishii just over five weeks later on New Year's Eve in
Rizzo, 38, returns to the ring after nearly two years on the shelf.
“The Rock” last competed in July 2010, knocking out UFC Hall of
Shamrock. The win marked the third straight triumph for the
former three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger, as Rizzo
previously bested Gary
Goodridge and Monson before taking out the 48-year-old
M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rizzo” Weigh-In Results:
(235.9) vs. Pedro Rizzo
(258.8) vs. Guram
(155) vs. Daniel
(234.8) vs. Denis Komkin
(155.2) vs. Marat Gaifurov
(144.8) vs. Renat
(185.2) vs. Ramzan Emeev
(144.6) vs. Jerome
(142.2) vs. Radoslav Pehnik
(228.6) vs. Akhmed
(181.4) vs. Abdulmazhid
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