Fedor Emelianenko's Next Opponent Announced, M-1 Disappoints

M-1 Global just announced Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent for June 21, and I'm not going to lie, it's guaranteed to disappoint fans everywhere. Earlier reports suggested said Rolles Gracie and his management team were "really close" to finalizing negotiations, but with today's announcement, looks like they had settle for a worse option.


Related: Fedor Emelianenko To Fight Rolles Gracie In M-1 Event? | Fedor Emelianenko Not Headed To UFC


Here's Evgeni Kogan on twitter:

Breaking!!! #Vadimjustannounced Fedor's opponent for June 21 is Pedro 'The Rock' Rizzo!!
Apr 20 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Pedro Rizzo. He's an accomplished heavyweight and a former top UFC contender, but that was over a decade ago. About 4 years earlier, multiple reports stated that Fedor and M-1 were uninterested and rejected an offer to fight Rizzo, but why does it makes more sense now?

Today, Rizzo is way past his prime and hasn't fought in almost two years. His last two outings? The 37-year-old fighter beat guys who were even more over-the-hill in Ken Shamrock and Garry Goodridge.

I understand that there aren't really much top-level heavyweights outside of Zuffa, but to put up Fedor against Rizzo? That's just scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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