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Fedor Emelianenko's next fight possible for June in Monaco

Photo of Fedor Emelianenko via M-1 Global.
Photo of Fedor Emelianenko via M-1 Global.

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 serve as the encore to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco.

That's according to Evgeni Kogan, director of operations for M-1 Global, who told MMA Fighting that Emelianenko is in "fine health" and ready to compete in June.

"We're working towards securing a Fedor fight in Monaco for the summer, sometime around the time when Formula One happens. Specifically, a little while afterwards ... closer to the second week of June. The search for the opponent is currently in process with a number of worthy candidates being considered."

One of those candidates, according to the latest fan outburst on Twitter rumors, is UFC washout Todd Duffee, who is coming off back-to-back knockout losses to Mike Russow and Alistair Overeem.

Emelianenko snapped a three-fight losing 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 in Japan.

While his stateside appeal has dropped significantly, it's not unreasonable to think he can continue putting butts in the seats overseas -- as long as he keeps winning.

Anyone heavyweights out there not on the ZUFFA roster that might be a good match-up for the Sambo specialist in Monaco?

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