The following is an excerpt from an article on MMAWeekly.com:
Now, on Thursday, the Mix-Fight Championship website announced, “The first M-1 Global event will take place in Japan, Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 31! No one other than four times Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will fight in the main event.”
No other details were forthcoming, but when the fight was first rumored earlier in the month, Brazilian website Tatame.com reported that an offer had been extended to Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Pedro Rizzo to oppose Emelianenko in the bout.
Brian Patton, vice president of M-1 Global, however, denied any knowledge of the fight.
“The team is in Japan right now, but it is in regards to a fight in the spring. To my knowledge, Fedor is not fighting in Japan in December.”
Patton also stated, “(M-1 Global) knows nothing about the MFC M-1 site, meaning we are not in charge of it.
“We are hoping to announce our first fight by Dec. 1.”
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