Well, this came out of nowhere. Thanks to Karim Zidan, we knew that Fedor would be returning to fight sometime in June but we didn’t have an official opponent. Now, the Last Emperor will officially throw down in Mother Russia with none other than Fabio Maldonado.
“The next appointment of Fedor Emelianenko is marked and will be the organization Fight Nights, in partnership with the Rizin FF. The Russian event will be held on June 17 in St. Petersburg, and surprised at the choice of the Last Emperor opponent. Brazilian Fabio Maldonado , former UFC will be the rival of the former Russian champion Pride in the card’s main event, as it was found the Combate.com with sources close to the organization. The bout will be the heavyweight (to 120kg).” – from globo.com
While no spring chicken, Maldonado will be Fedor’s most legit opponent since Pedro Rizzo back in 2012 and packs some serious punching power along with legit boxing skills.
Get hyped for the match-up by watching Maldonado one-punch KO a guy in a boxing match just last month.