Fedor is going back to Japan. The legendary Russian fighter who dominated the MMA world as Pride heavyweight champion will return to Japan for a New Year's Eve bout with Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii. The bout will take place at the Dream "Genki Desu Ka! New Year! 20011 show at the Saitama Super Arena. It's been four years since Fedor last fought in Japan, and it will have to feel like a homecoming for The Last Emperor, who had his biggest successes there.
Ishii is a Olympic gold medalist in judo, but he's a relative newcomer to MMA, having started fighting just two years ago. His record stands at 4-1-1. Fedor is fresh off a win over Jeff Monson that put him back in the win column after a 3 fight schnied, and he'll be the heavy favorite here. Ishii has legit skills, however, and anything can happen.
The Dream event will also feature the semifinal and final rounds of their bantamweight tournament. In addition, Shinya Aoki will defend his lightweight title and Hiroyuki Takaya will defend his featherweight title.
More details on the Fedor fight in the near future.