Fedor makes Saitama return against judoka alongside Bibiano

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Fedor hyperextends Korean giant Choi's arm on New Year's 2008. GRACIEMAG archive photo.

The formerly unbeaten Fedor Emelianenko rediscovered his winning ways after three losses in a row. The Russian overcame Jeff Monson by unanimous decision at M-1 Global last November in Russia. And to show he still has it, the Pride FC legend will return to action on the last day of 2011 at the very place where he made his name.

At Saitama, Japan’s Saitama Super Arena, Fedor Emelianenko joins the Dream fray by taking on the dangerous Satoshi Ishii, a gold-medalist from the Beijing Olympic Games who is coming off a contentious draw to Paulão Filho at Amazon Forest Combat.

The end-of-the-year show will also feature the bantamweight GP semifinals and final, with Bibiano Fernandes (Carlson Gracie Canada) taking on countryman Rodolfo Marques (Nova União) to determine the Grand Prix winner. The winner goes through to the final to meet up with the other finalist, between Antonio Banuelos and Masakazu Imanari, on the same night.

Dream “Genki Desu Ka”

Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan

December 31, 2011

Hiroyuki Takaya vs Takeshi Inoue

Antonio Banuelos vs Masakazu Imanari

Bibiano Fernandes vs Rodolfo Marques

Fedor Emilianenki vs Satoshi Ishii

Shinya Aoki vs Satoru Kitaoka

Tatsuya Kawajari vs Kazuyuki Miyata

Megumi Fujii vs Karla Benitez

Hayato Sakurai vs Ryo Chonan

Hideo Tokoro vs Yusup Saadulaev

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