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Nobuyuki Sakakibara discusses Rizin FF plans for 2016, Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent, drug testing and more

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Former PRIDE head Nobuyuki Sakakibara returns to the MMA world in December as the president of Rizin Fighting Federation, and detailed some of his plans for the future in his recent trip to Brazil.

The Japanese promoter, who visited Sao Paulo to watch Jungle Fight 82 on Saturday, discussed several topics with the local media, including the return of former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

According to Sakakibara, the promotion will officially announce Emelianenko’s opponents in the coming days.

“We have many names, but we will only decide that in 10 days, at most,” Sakakibara told the media Saturday. “It’s been hard to choose because we have to live up to the expectation around Fedor’s debut in the event, so the opponent needs to have a good name to make it an attractive fight.”

Sakakibara revealed he also reached out to other PRIDE veterans, but couldn’t get a deal done yet.

“We had other names in mine like Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop, fighters that did well in PRIDE, but Fedor was the only one who had no contracts stopping him,” he said. “The Japanese audience would be really excited with the return of Wanderlei Silva as they are with ….View original article

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