As expected, Fedor Emelianenko (31-4) has opted against retirement.Â
Â Vadim Finkelstein, co-founder of M-1 Global and Emelianenko's manager, today confirmed the recent Strikeforce fighter will fight in his native Russia in "late fall."Â
Â Emelianenko, once considered the world's MMA pound-for-pound kingpin, looks to snap a three-fight losing skid.Â
Â "We have already reached all the necessary agreements on his fight," Finkelstein stated on m-1global.com.
Â However, a date, venue and opponent haven't been determined.Â
Â Following a recent Strikeforce TKO loss to Dan Henderson, which headlined a July 30 event in the Chicago area, Emelianenko wasn't sure if he'd retire or fight again.Â
Â He ultimately opted against it. Now if successful in his Russian fight, the 34-year-old Emelianenko could return to the U.S. in 2012. Emelianenko who fulfilled the terms of his Strikeforce contract with the Henderson loss, has fought his past six fights in the U.S. and went 3-3.Â
Â Emelianenko is winless since a Strikeforce-debut victory over Brett Rogers in November 2009. Since then, he's suffered a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum in 2010 and a recent TKO defeat to Antonio Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix earlier this year. Despite the losses, all three of the former PRIDE champion's recent Strikeforce fights have been some of the highest-rated events in Showtime's MMA history.