If Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie wasn’t enough of a flash from the past, on Friday night, Inside MMA reported the opponent for Fedor Emelianenko‘s comeback fight for the New Year’s Eve MMA event in Japan.
In what will be a rematch of a controversial “loss” suffered early in Fedor’s career due to a cut, MMA legend Tsuyoshi Kosaka has been selected as the opponent for “The Last Emporer’s” return bout.
For the longest time, T.K., a 45-year-old MMA pioneer was the only blemish on Fedor’s career. In fact, outside of the No Contest ruling for his second fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at PRIDE Final Conflict 2004, for the first ten years of Fedor’s career, every fight on his record was a win outside of the Kosaka fight.
Fedor ended up getting revenge on the Japanese star in 2005, as he defeated T.K. by TKO due to doctor stoppage (the same way Kosaka “beat” him), at PRIDE Bushido 6.
The Fedor-Kosaka fight is scheduled for the Rizin FF 2 event scheduled for the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2015.