Strikeforce: Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio Silva kicks off heavyweight tournament on Feb. 12 in New Jersey


He's back.

Fedor Emelianenko will make his long-awaited return to the cage when he takes on Antonio Silva to kick off the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament at the upcoming Strikeforce event scheduled for Feb. 28 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, according to

"The Last Emperor" hasn't seen action since Fabricio Werdum tapped him in the first round with a triangle choke back in June 2010.

There's been confusion regarding the status of the Russian Sambo specialist, mainly due to issues with a long re-negotiation of his contract between his management, M-1 Global and Strikeforce.

It looks like they've finally come to an agreement and it does not involve a rematch with Werdum or an oft-asked for fight with Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem.

Silva was last seen surviving a first round scare to come back and pound out Mike Kyle at Strikeforce: "Henderson vs Babalu" on Dec. 4, 2010.

He boasts an outstanding record of 15-2, with his last loss coming at the hands of the same man to famously end Fedor's run as the best in the world. 

Is this good matchmaking? Are you happy with "Bigfoot" getting the next shot against Fedor?

The Feb. 12 card is also rumored to feature another heavyweight tournament bout between former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski and ex-PRIDE power puncher Sergei Kharitonov.

Stay tuned to for more on this developing fight card as it becomes available.

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