Fedor Emelianenko reportedly has his NYE opponent set for the upcoming Rizin card, and it will not be against the now 2-0, Jaideep Singh as initially rumored. According to Inside MMA, he will be booked for a third bout for an older vet he already faced twice in Japan.
Sources close to Inside MMA & @BasRuttenMMA say Fedor Emelianenko will fight Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in a rubber match New Year’s Eve in Japan.— Inside MMA (@InsideMMAaxstv) November 7, 2015
If you think the 39-year-old Emelianenko is past his prime, the now 45-year-old TK will be returning to active competition after being long retired. The Japanese wrestler has compiled a 28-18-2 record with UFC, PRIDE, Rings and various other organizations. He last competed in 2006, when he lost to Mark Hunt in PRIDE.
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Kohsaka handed Fedor his first loss back in 2000 in Rings, a questionable stoppage due to cuts very early in the contest. For the longest time this was Fedor's only blemish in his career, and he avenged this 'loss' with a victory in 2005 in PRIDE.
Even though people thought the matter had been settled, reportedly Rizin promoters felt it warrants a third fight 10 years later.
Watch their first bout below.