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.
Here's Evgeni Kogan on twitter:
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.