“Today, former [MMA promoter] PRIDE owner Nobuyuki Sakakibara and me have announced the date of my fight. It will take place on December 31 in Japan”, Fedor Emelianenko, who has been nicknamed 'The Last Emperor', wrote in his Instagram account.
The name of the Russian fighter’s opponent is still being kept a secret. The upcoming tournament will be organized by Bellator and the former heads of PRIDE. US MMA fans will be able to watch the show on Spike TV.
After leaving the ring in June 2012, the renowned fighter, considered by many as the greatest one in the MMA history, did his best to promote the sport in Russia.