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Fedor Emelianenko's next fight expected this summer in Monaco or Russia

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Former Strikeforce heavyweight attraction and longtime PRIDE FC champion Fedor Emelianenko is ready to get back into action this summer, kicking off a 2012 fight campaign that could see him compete "two or three times" according to Evgeni Kogan, director of operations for M-1 Global.

USA Today has more:

"There are currently no concrete conversations about Bobby being the next opponent for Fedor," Kogan wrote, adding that Emelianenko probably will fight two or three times this year.

Possible locations for the summer fight include Monaco and Russia, according to Kogan.

Kogan dropped the iron curtain on rumors his "Last Emperor" would be facing off against former pro wrestler and part-time cage fighter Bobby Lashley, also a Strikeforce castaway.

Any other free agents floating around the International circuit come to mind?

Emelianenko snapped a three-fight skid with a unanimous decision win over Jeff Monson last November, before making it two in a row with a first round knockout finish of judo expert Satoshi Ishii in the DREAM: "Genki Desu Ka Omisoka" year-end MMA extravaganza last month in Japan.

Could we be looking at the start of another 27-fight winning streak?