Sherdog.com says it can now confirm rumored reports that former Pride Heayweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko will face the former UFC Light-Heayweight/Heavyweight fighter Fabio Maldonaldo. The confirmation came on Sunday, after it was reported by the Brazilian fighting news outlet Combate.
Known as the “The Last Emperor,” Emelianenko is widely considered to have been one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time during his reign. At age 39, the Russian fighter came out of a three-year retirement to return to the cage at Rizin’s New Year’s Eve Event, where he defeated Jaideep Singh to submit to punches 3:02 in first round. Emelianenko has won his last four fights and owns a 35-4 career record. Emelianenko currently has a record of 34-4, and has been undefeated in his last four fights.