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Friday, 04/20/2012, 09:26 am

M-1 Global Announces Fedor’s Next Opponent, But Not Without Disappointment | MMA NEWS


M-1 Global has apparently solidified Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent for his next bout on June 21st, and it is not exactly an exciting match-up.

“The Last Emperor” is slated to square off against Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo in what is likely to be a lack-luster fight, with a predictable outcome.

Fedor was allegedly going to face Rolles Gracie for the June 21st M-1 Global event as earlier reports had rumored. Evgeni Kogan, director of operations for the M-1 Global promotion, posted on Twitter today that Emelianenko will face Pedro Rizzo at a yet to be determined venue.

This announcement will be a disappointment to the fans for sure, and should be even more disappointing to Fedor himself.

Pedro Rizzo (28-19-0) is now 37 years old, and is a former UFC veteran, with wins over Mark Coleman, Andre Arlovski, and Josh Barnett. “The Rock” is coming into this fight with a three fight win streak, the most recent win against an over the hill Ken Shamrock by way of TKO. Previous to the Shamrock fight, Rizzo had retired Gary Goodridge via TKO, and won a decision victory over Jeff Monson. Before his three wins over opponents that are past their prime, Rizzo had suffered back to back KO losses to Gilbert Yvel, and Josh Barnett in the long-gone Affliction Promotion. It is important to note that Rizzo’s most recent MMA appearance was back in July 2010, when he beat Shamrock.

Fedor is coming off a two win fight streak, with wins over Satoshi Ishii, and Jeff Monson. Ishii was undersized and not strong enough to beat the Russian, which resulted in a KO victory for Fedor. Jeff Monson went three hard-fought rounds with Emelianenko, and was rumored to have broken his femur in the first round of the match. Previous to these two wins, Fedor was stopped by both Dan Henderson via TKO, and Antonio Silva via doctor stoppage.

We all know that Fedor is coming to the end of a long and illustrious career, and he will always be considered a legend in the sport. But is getting a win over Pedro Rizzo, who is way past his prime, going to do anything positive for “The Last Emperor’s” career? The likely answer is absolutely not.

M-1 Global certainly has it hard when it comes to finding top notch talent at heavyweight outside of the UFC and Strikeforce, but to say a win over Pedro Rizzo will boost Fedor up the ranks is a huge misconception. It is moves like this that discredit statements from M-1 about Fedor being the best fighter in the world still, and that the UFC is interested in signing him.

So on June 21st, I would imagine we will see Fedor with his hand raised. Anything can happen in this sport as we all know, but a betting man would be unwise to put money on Pedro Rizzo. This just adds to a long list of disappointments brought to you by M-1 Global.

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