Emelianenko-Johnson set for Oct. 23 in Moscow


Fedor Emelianenko has an opponent for his homecoming struggle.

The all-time nice MMA heavyweight will struggle Tim Johnson on Oct. 23 in Moscow, Russia, Bellator introduced Thursday. Emelianenko has not fought in his residence nation for 5 years and has not competed in Moscow in a decade. The bout is a part of what has been described because the legendary fighter’s retirement tour.

Emelianenko (39-6, 1 NC) final fought in December 2019, a first-round TKO win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. “The Final Emperor” is the previous Satisfaction heavyweight champion and went undefeated all through the aughts. Emelianenko, 44, retired from MMA in 2012, however returned in 2015. His final 5 fights have been underneath the Bellator banner.

Johnson (15-7) is coming off a loss in an interim heavyweight title struggle in June to Valentin Moldavsky, an Emelianenko protégé. The 36-year-old Minnesota native is a UFC veteran and was on a three-fight profitable streak previous to the Moldavsky loss.

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