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No official opponent for Fedor (yet), but Rizin Fighting Federation confirms Sakuraba vs Aoki for New Year’s Eve

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The new Japanese MMA promotion, Rizin Fighting Federation, held a press conference on Thursday (Oct. 8, 2015). An opponent for Fedor Emelianenko was still not announced, but several fighters were confirmed for the New Year’s Eve fight card. The brand new Japanese promotion, Rizin Fighting Federation (RFF) — headed by former PRIDE FC president Nobuyuki Sakakibara — held a press conference on Thursday morning (Oct. 8, 2015) in Japan to introduce some of the fighters on the upcoming New Year’s Eve card to be broadcast on Spike TV.
Fedor Emelianenko was already announced as the headliner for the card during the Bellator 142: “Dynamite 1” broadcast on Spike TV, and while speculation has been looming recently as to who will face the Russian icon in the main event, an opponent was not officially named.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported on Tuesday that Emelianenko’s expected opponent would be Singh Jaideep.
Four other fighters were announced during the lengthy press conference, along with one official match up.
Shinya Aoki will be taking on Kazushi Sakuraba, which was the only official match up given. Female fighters Rena Kubota and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Gabrielle Garcia, will both be competing on the card, but their respective opponents ….View original article