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Fedor: My next fight will take place in April

Following a successful return to MMA, Fedor Emelianenko wants to remain active in 2016.

Esther Lin

Following a successful return to professional MMA after almost four years away from the ring, Fedor Emelianenko wants to remain as active as possible in 2016.

According to the ‘Last Emperor,' he would like his next fight to take place in April. That date coincides with Rizin Fighting Federation's next show planned for April 17 in Nagoya City.

"The next fight is scheduled for April," Emelianenko told "In my opinion, it will be here in Japan, in cooperation with the company Rizin. Just know that the company is planning a tournament next August and is in talks with Bellator and other organizations. There is another chance of a joint project. For me it would be convenient to enter the ring in April -- four months to relax a bit and with new fteam before preparing for the next battle."

According to sources close to the situation, Fedor's initial Rizin contract was a one-fight deal. However, there was an tentative agreement for a second fight under their promotional banner, which will be negotiated over the coming weeks.

Fedor's coach, Vladimir Voronov, also claimed that Fedor's next opponent would be announced at a press conference on Jan. 1. No such announcement has taken place as of yet.