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Unimpressed with Jaideep Singh, Rizin officials now looking for plan b for Fedor Emelianenko

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Jaideep Singh has already signed a contract to fight Fedor Emelianenko on Dec. 31 for Rizin FF, however, that hasn’t stopped the upstart promotion from searching for a new opponent for “The Last Emperor.”

In fact, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation, Singh’s chances to fight Emelianenko have now been dropped to approximately 5-10 percent.

Since reported that Rizin was targeting Singh vs. Emelianenko, Singh was booked to fight for the vacant DEEP megaton title on three days’ notice versus Carlos Toyota earlier this month. Singh won the fight, which was set up in hopes of making him looking stronger before the Emelianenko fight, via second-round TKO, however, two issues alarmed Rizin officials following the fight, according to sources.

First, Rizin officials weren’t blown away by Singh’s performance, which is somewhat understandable considering his lone MMA fight happened more than two years ago. Even more troubling for them, though, was that they felt Singh looked out of shape and would be a tough sell for the Japanese public.

So they have now begun scouring the free-agent market to see if there are better options for Emelianenko. If they can’t find a better replacement, Rizin will go back ….View original article

Source:: mma fighting