It looks like The Last Emperor has found a home.

According to a report by Neil Rooke, the legendary PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko has reached an agreement to sign with the UFC.

This news may not come as a surprise to some as Emelienanko recently took to Instagram to post an edited picture of him standing next to UFC President Dana White with the caption “Скоро,” (soon).

Emelianenko (34-4-1) was at one time considered the very best fighter on planet. Between 2001 and 2009, the Russian sambo specialist amassed an astounding record 27-0 record with one no contest. During prime years, Emelianenko walked away with victories over a who’s-who of the heavyweight division, including former PRIDE champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, former K-1 champions Mirko Cro Cop, Semmy Schilt and Mark Hunt as well as former UFC champions Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski.

His reign of terror would eventually come to an end with a first round submission loss to reining UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum under the Strikeforce banner in 2010. Emelianenko would go on to drop his next two bout to Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva and Dan Henderson before righting the ship with a decision win over former UFC title contender Jeff Monson

He would earn two more knockout victories Sataoshi Ishi and Pedro Rizzo before announcing his retirement.

While there were rumblings of his return for a blockbuster matchup with former UFC champion Brock Lesnar at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, these rumors were eventually put to bed after Emelianenko’s revealed he was no longer interested in donning the gloves again after the passing of his father.

The UFC has yet to respond to these reports.

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