According to a report by Inside MMA, Rizin Fighting Federation is targeting rubber match between Fedor Emelianenko and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka for the main event of the promotions Grand-Prix NYE event.

This news come a few weeks after it was initially reported RFF was targeting Indian kickboxer Jaideep Singh for Emelianenko’s first opponent.

Kohsaka (26-18-2) has not competed since suffering a second round TKO Mark Hunt in the opening round of the Pride FC openweight grand prix in May 2006. The Japanese native originally handed Emelianenko his first career defeat with a first round doctor stoppage in 2000. ‘The Last Emperor’ would get revenge with a first round TKO in in 2005.

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

The Russian icon was at one time considered the very best fighter on planet. Between 2001 and 2009, the Sambo specialist amassed an astounding record 27-0 record with one no contest. 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.

The entire event will hold their New Years Eve card on at the Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo, and will air via tape delay in the U.S. on Spike TV.

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