M-1 teases Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii for New Year's Eve in DREAM


Fedor Emelianenko finally put a halt to a three-fight losing streak that was quickly sending his mixed martial arts career spiraling out of control; as he earned a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran, Jeff Monson at M-1 Global's: "Fedor vs. Monson" event that went down earlier today (Nov. 19, 2011) in Moscow, Russia.

A trip to the motherland was definitely what the doctor ordered.

However, Fedor may not have time to celebrate his much-needed victory, as M-1 officials teased a quick turnaround to fight Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii on DREAM's upcoming New Year's Eve fight card.

Nothing is official at this time and if history has taught us anything, it's that with any bout concerning Ishii, all can change at a moment's notice.

Ishii, who could be labeled as one of the biggest MMA prospect busts in recent memory, has often changed his mind in the final hour; backing out of his mixed martial arts commitments.

The Judoka was set to sign with the UFC in 2006, after originally having said he committed to staying in Japan to fight for DREAM. The deal would never come to, as Ishii then reported that he was set to make his debut with Fields Dynamite at their annual New Year's Eve show instead.

Again, this commitment would not come to fruition as he bailed on Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) to sign with World Victory Road and go on to announce that he would take on Japanese MMA legend, Hidehiko Yoshida.

In a strange twist of events, after finally settling with an organization, the bout was moved to DREAM's Dynamite 2009 New Year's Eve show; the organization that Ishii had originally comitted to sign with.

After all the noise surrounding the Olympic gold medalist, his hype train was quickly derailed as he lost a unanimous decision to Yoshida in his mixed martial arts debut.

Ishii would go on to win his next four bouts as he made the rounds with DREAM, K-1 and Dynamite.

Now, Ishii is once again set to return to MMA after claiming he would leave the sport to focus on the 2016 Rio Olympics to compete for, of all things, the American Judo team.

With the announcement that Ishii could be the next one to face Fedor at DREAM's New Year's Eve event in Japan, the event will also mark another homecoming of sorts for Fedor Emelianenko.

Fedor began his career in Japan with RINGS, though he rose to fame in PRIDE FC, where he reigned supreme as the organization's heavyweight champion from 2003 all the way until the organization's final days in 2006.

From Rings to Pride to Dream, Fedor has competed in 24 fights in Japan. His popularity in "The Land of the Rising Sun" rivals that of any top pop stars in the United States.

Whether or not this fight actually comes to fruition remains to be seen.

One thing is for sure, if the fight does happen, Fedor will most likely be reminded that it was he that originally inspired the Olympic gold medalist to dabble in mixed martial arts.

Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on this upcoming fight as they become available.

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