Fedor Emelianenko is about to do something he hasn't done in nearly seven years.
"The Last Emperor," who slammed the brakes on a three-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision victory over Jeff Monson last month in Moscow, Russia, will compete for the fourth time this calendar year by taking on Olympic Judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii on DREAM's upcoming New Year's Eve fight card on Dec. 31, 2011, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
M-1 officials today confirmed the long-rumored booking, which we first reported back on Nov. 20.
"M-1 Global in cooperation with Dream is very pleased to announce the bout which will bring the world's attention to Japan on December 31. Fedor has been in great shape, and is ready for what we think will be a hard and competitive fight."
Can Fedor finish his 2011 fight campaign at an even 2-2? Or will Ishii finish the Russian's storied career where it began, in "The Land of the Rising Sun?"
Here is the current FieLDS 'Genki Desu Ka!!' fight card and line-up:
DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix:
265 lbs.: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii
155 lbs.: Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka
170 lbs.: Hayato Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan
145 lbs.: Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi Inoue
155 lbs.: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
115 lbs.: Karla Benitez vs. Megumi Fujii
265 lbs.: Brett Rogers vs. Tim Sylvia
For more news and notes for DREAM's New Year's Eve supershow click here.