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Hand surgery sidelines Fedor Emelianenko up to six weeks

Former PRIDE and current WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko (31-1) will be out of action for up to six weeks as a result of hand surgery that was required to repair a dislocated thumb suffered in his Nov. 7 fight against Brett Rogers, according to

"The Last Emperor" headlined the Strikeforce/CBS prime time debut "Fedor vs. Rogers" last Saturday night from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Emelianenko defeated "The Grim" via second round technical knockout, but not before sustaining his share of punishment from the Chicago native.

According to the report, the procedure required the Russian fighter to have pins inserted into his hand to correct the dislocation but no bone or ligament damage was revealed during the surgery.

Emelianenko had surgery on his hand once before, following his laugher over Wagner "Zuluzinho" da Conceicao Martins at PRIDE: "Shockwave 2005" to correct a chronic ailment that had plagued him since 2003.

Despite earlier reports (and pictures of a busted up face), Emelianenko's nose was not broken during the Rogers fight and he's expected to resume limited training upon his return to Russia later this month.

Fedor is also expected to compete under the Strikeforce banner for a second time in early 2010.

For "Fedor vs. Rogers" coverage click here.

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