As expected, Fedor Emelianenko will look for his third straight win this summer after looking sharp in a previous pair of outings against Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii. Though potential venues in Monte Carlo and even the United States were mentioned for the bout, it looks as though Emelianenko will be fighting in front of his countrymen under the M-1 Global banner.
According to M-1 executive Evgeni Kogan (via Twitter), “The Last Emperor” has agreed to make an appearance in the ring at an event on June 22 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The bout will mark the second fight for Emelianenko in his homeland in the last six months with the first involving his outpointing of Monson. Specific details surrounding the scrap are still a bit sketchy, as no opponent has been revealed, though it appears at least one face fans are familiar with is receiving serious consideration – Bobby Lashley.
MMAJunkie was first to report news of Lashley’s possible involvement.
Lashley, who was last seen picking up an opening round submission in November, was linked to the lineup by a source familiar with the developing card. The former Strikeforce stand-out is 7-1 in his career but has never faced an adversary with Emelianenko’s credentials.
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