Former Pride Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will face former UFC fighter Pedro Rizzo on June 21 in an M-1 Global event at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fedor is riding a two fight win-streak since leaving Strikeforce following a three fight losing skid. He racked up wins over Satoshi Ishii and Jeff Monson in the last two months of 2011.
Fedor spoke to the guys at GnP.TV while he was in Germany recently and they got him to discuss Rizzo and more interestingly the differences in promotional style between M-1 Global, his promoter, and the UFC.
Emelianenko and his management team famously (infamously?) elected to sign with Strikeforce and turned down a huge offer from the UFC to face then-champion Brock Lesnar in 2009. UFC president Dana White has recently taken to mocking Fedor's management team for that decision and declared that he no longer has any interest in the Russian fighter.
HT Jack Power
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