Although he faced off with a rather unknown and somewhat inexperienced opponent in former kickboxer Jaideep Singh, legendary heavyweight Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko made a successful return to mixed martial arts (MMA) at a Rizin Fighting Federation event earlier this week.

After a three year hiatus from fighting, Emelianenko was able to drag the fight to the ground where he began to rain down some heavy shots forcing the referee to call the fight.

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Despite being 40 years old, it appears as if the Russian Icon isn’t planning on stepping away for good just yet, recently claiming that he plans to fight again in April (Via

“The next fight is scheduled for April. In my opinion, it will be here in Japan, in cooperation with the company Rizin. Just know that the company is planning a tournament next August and is in talks with Bellator and other organizations. There is another chance of a joint project. For me it would be convenient to enter the ring in April — four months to relax a bit and with new team before preparing for the next battle.”

While I’d have to assume that MMA fans would rather see Emelianenko do battle with some of the top heavyweights in the sport, it should be interesting to see what he can accomplish with his second run.

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As of now, there have been no official announcements from the promotion regarding when “The Last Emperor” will compete again or who is next opponent may be, but stay tuned to LowKickMMA for all updates.

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