Amidst all the talk of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko making a return to MMA, with speculation rife as to which organisation he'll sign with, the stoic Russian let his guard down on Sunday when he made a young girl's dream come true.
Young Yana Karakyanova, who is wheelchair bound, was stunned when Emelianenko and his daughter passed by and kindly donated to her 'raising funds for a dream' scheme in Kislovodsk city park.
At first, Karakyanova wasn't sure if it was really Emelianenko who walked by; it was only after the former Pride champion and his daughter walked away she had realised who he was. To her delight, Fedor returned down the same path and kindly approached the girl and offered to take a photo and sign an autograph.
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Emelianenko retired in 2012 after defeating former UFC title-challenger, Pedro Rizzo, but the 38-year-old announced his return to the mixed martial arts arena in July. With many questioning Fedor's return to the game, the enigmatic Russian revealed at a Q&A last week that the 'desire to fight' is in his blood and teased at a possible signing with the UFC.