Let the speculation end.

On Thursday night, it was revealed the new Japanese fight promotion, Rizin Fight Federation, has booked Indian kickboxer Jaideep Singh for Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent on their upcoming New Years Eve card. The announcement was made during a internationally broadcast press conference by the promotions president and former Pride FC figure head Nobuyuki Sakakibara.

This booking may not come as a surprise to some as Emelianenko’s matchup with Singh was originally reported back in October.

Singh is (40-10 in kickboxing, 2-0 in MMA), The 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul champion,  was last seen scoring a second round TKO over Carlos Toyota at Deep – 73 Impact in October. This marked Singh’s firsr foray into MMA since his firs round stoppage win over Alireza Tavak at Super Fight League 19 in 2013. He hasn’t won a kickboxing match since 2011.

Emelianenko (34-4-1), the former Pride FC heavyweight champion, recently announced his return to competition during the broadcast of Bellator MMA’s: Dynamite 1 in September

The Russian icon was at one time considered the very best fighter on planet. Between 2001 and 2009, ‘The Last Emperor’ 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 over Sataoshi Ishi and Pedro Rizzo before announcing his retirement.

RFF will hold their two-day New Years Eve event at the Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo, and will air via tape delay in the U.S. on Spike TV.

Also appearing on the card will be Bellator MMA’s Muhammed Lawal and Brennan Ward, submission specialist Kron Gracie and Japanese icons Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinya Aoki and Kid Yamamoto’s nephew Asen.

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