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Fedor Emelianenko To Return On New Year’s Eve; No Cro Cop Rematch

Fedor Emelianenko Signed to Fight Tim SylviaSince Fedor Emelianenko’s 36 second annihilation of Tim Sylvia on July 19, we haven’t heard much from Fedor’s camp. All we have heard is that he has a broken hand and it’s forced him off Affliction’ second card, which is set to go down on October 11. Well, Josh Gross of was able to catch up with Fedor and his camp to find out what’s going on with the WAMMA Heavyweight title holder.

It appears Fedor will be healed up just in time to compete in Japan on New Year’s Eve. Who his opponent will be, however, is likely to disappoint most mixed martial arts fans, and give the Dana White’s of the world extra ammunition for the never ending pound-for-pound debate. It was rumored that a rematch with Mirko Cro Cop was the likely choice, but that no longer seems to be the case.

Early speculation centered on a rematch of Emelianenko’s tremendous points win in 2005 over Mirko Filipovic. However, a representative for the No. 1-ranked heavyweight said it’s doubtful the fight would take place at this time. In a bout intended for Japanese fight fans, Emelianenko will likely meet a “judo legend or sumo wrestler.”

That’s unless of course, the UFC can work something out with Fedor’s management to make the Randy Couture fight. Couture claims at the very least, the UFC is interested.

Sooner or later we’re going to make it happen. In some way, shape or form, in some production somewhere. I know there are obviously a lot of people that would be interested in participating in that fight, the UFC included. We’ll see how it all pans out. I’m confident we’ll get it done.

Don’t get your hopes up though. There’s probably a better chance of Chuck Liddell beating Rashad Evans with a triangle choke than that fight happening in the UFC before year’s end.

As for the hand Fedor keeps re-injuring, he chalks up to his unorthodox style of striking.

“It just seems the hand doesn’t really sustain the strength of the strike. So from time to time I’m going to have certain injuries in the hand as a result of that.

“It might be because of the style of punching. I started training in boxing at a later age, so maybe based on the way I strike, the style, it might be a situation where I’m more prone to injury.”

Bas Rutten elaborates in this clip from Inside MMA courtesy of MMA

In other Fedor news, Emelianenko has signed on with Blue Entertainment Sports Television (BEST) which will handle his marketing and television deals in the US. Oh, and that “Fighting Fedor” reality series you’ve undoubtedly heard about will be distributed by BEST. While just the premise of a reality show winner fighting Fedor is deserving of scrutiny, it may give us a look inside the Red Devil Sports Club. So maybe it’s worth giving a chance.

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