Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo on June 21 in Russia

source: mmajunkie.com

The longtime PRIDE champion will meet former UFC heavyweight-title challenger Pedro Rizzo on June 21, M-1 official Evgeni Kogan today announced via Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo announced for June 21 in Russia" target="_blank">Twitter.

Fighters such as Bobby Lashley and Rolles Gracie previously were rumored for the slot, but it'll instead go to 37-year-old Rizzo.

The June 21 event, which is expected to be an M-1 show, takes place at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. It'll likely air on pay-per-view.

Emelianenko recently competed overseas, where he picked up victories over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii in late 2011.

Rizzo made his MMA debut nearly 16 years ago. The Brazilian now returns to the cage after a two-year layoff. Most recently, he picked up a pair of TKO victories over Gary Goodridge and Ken Shamrock in 2010.

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Twitter feedback to the announcement was thus far unenthusiastic.

evgeni kogan ‏ @evgenikogan
Breaking!!! #Vadimjustannounced Fedor's opponent for June 21 is Pedro 'The Rock' Rizzo!!


Tengo Tengo ‏ @tengoo
omg, this is shame fir Fedor... Cant belive it, vadim destroying fedor...

Mike C Mike C ‏ @blacklabel67k
Not blaming you, you're just the messenger. But this fight is a joke. Fedor fans are disappointing everywhere.

Lachlan Harrison Lachlan Harrison ‏ @LachDeprivation
worst ever..

Darren Jensen Darren Jensen ‏ @GritAndMettle
Fedor belongs in the UFC

Manfred Manfred ‏ @HurrkaDurrp
Fedor needs to be in the UFC. I believe he can still do big things in the HW div. but that's where he'll fight the best.

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khaynes21 site profile image  

4/21/12 5:07 PM by khaynes21

awaiting for the birds to assume pecking order.

KwikTempah site profile image  

4/21/12 5:07 PM by KwikTempah

he's much better than ALOT of guys Fedor fought in his prime

Auzzie site profile image  

4/21/12 5:05 PM by Auzzie

im still laughing at what a fail of a post this idiot just made.Excuse me:HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Auzzie site profile image  

4/21/12 5:02 PM by Auzzie

"Lashley doesn't do anything better then Fedor, he wouldn't have a gameplan lol"-Barry Bonds-"Lashley does "wrestling" better than Fedor"-Me-Hence the quotation marks, you idiot. Get it? Nice try, again, but you fail cause as much as you try so hard to sound intelligent, you just keep falling on your face.Now are you gonna answer my argument or you going to keep looking for the easy way out cause you know how stupid are?lmao

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4/21/12 4:58 PM by khaynes21

oh damn, I didn't actually know that Lashley does wrestling BETTER than Fedor. damn you learn something new every freckin day. (try picking up "how to speak english for dumbasses part.1 before you ever speak to me)

Auzzie site profile image  

4/21/12 4:52 PM by Auzzie

This isn't just about grappling. Mike Russow decisioned Jon Einemo with ease, where Jon was considered a top level grappler. What physically explosive wrestler with basic submission defense has Fedor handled? Note: I said basic submission defense. Don't even try to mention randleman or coleman. I'm assuming that since Lashley has trained at AKA and other top camps, he has the resources to put his ground and pound to use while defending submissions. Lashley does "wrestling" better than Fedor, and sometimes that's all that matters in a fight, as long as Lashley doesn't gas and get finished. Have you watched mma before? Did you see Chael Sonnen vs Nate Marquardt? Or King Mo vs Gegard Mousassi?lol I'm sorry it's really hard to take a retard such as yourself seriously. You really should take an IQ test

Auzzie site profile image  

4/21/12 4:44 PM by Auzzie

The ground and pound that he used in every single one of his fights. He has an extensive amateur wrestling background, explosive strength, and trains with the top guys in MMA, including Cain.Why would lashley be taken down when he is the one pursuing the takedown every second of a fight? How eager has lashley been to stand and strike within range of his opponent for more than 20 seconds? Are you implying that Fedor would look to clinch and take down Bobby instead of striking with him? Why is Lashley getting up from the bottom position even relevant in this situation? Is it possible? Yes, but the probability of Lashley shooting a double leg and taking Fedor down within the first minute of the fight is much higher.Anyone can analyze fights and fighters by watching their fights, learning about mma, training mma, and having some logic. I don't see why you need a certified mma analyst badge to make fight predictions. Watching a sport for a long time enables one to pick up tendencies of certain fighters based on their progression and past(recent) fights. Of course, things change, but that doesn't mean that you can't analyze based on how interpret the fights you watch.Nice try, but you're not nearly as clever as you try to make yourself out to be.

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4/21/12 4:21 PM by khaynes21

I hate to be the bad guy in this situation, but I must. Please tell me what "Ground and Pound" Bobby Lashley could provide to Fedor?tell me how that happens in your magical world of MMA fighting. Your programmed to talk about shit that you don't know about using terms you hear on Television. that is the difference between being a FAN and someone who has the 2 cents to analyze a fight.Because you used to watch Bobby Lashley on WWE, and he looks like a oversized meat head, that gives you the impression that he will impose ground and pound on Fedor? Tell me a time where Lashley has deemed successful from being taken down himself and getting back up. LMAO..that is great MMA wrestling to you?Take a back seat for the time being.

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4/21/12 4:14 PM by Barry_BondsMVP

he's so much quicker then Lesnar with his striking, and his stand up is way better then his...but hey, Dana didn't want to Co-Promote a one time fight, so it's oh well now...