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Aleksander Emelianenko To Fight Next Month — Not in the U.S.

(Aleks’s sledge-hammer rears its head over the airspace of Tireland.)

When Aleksander Emelianenko was pulled from July’s Affliction: Banned card at the 11th hour, American MMA fans were robbed of seeing “The Grim Reaper” compete in the U.S. for the first time. Though rumors persisted that the CSAC blocked Aleks from fighting due to health concerns, he has always insisted that late paperwork was to blame, and that his health is good. Good enough to fight outside of the States, at least: M-1 has announced that Fedor’s younger brother will be headlining M-1 Challenge 9 against Sang Soo Lee, on November 21st at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Lee (9-4) is a Korean fighter who has fought under the SpiritMC, DEEP, MARS, and M-1 banners, and is on a three-fight win streak. His last match was a first-round triangle-choke submission of Roman Zentsov at M-1 Challenge Korea in August — and now Aleks is going in to avenge his Red Devil Sport Club homey’s loss. The Emelianenko/Lee match will be supported by fights between Team Korea and Team Russia Red Devil, and Team Russia Legion vs. Team Holland.

But before that, M-1 will make it’s first appearance on U.S. soil. Says

On October 29th 2008, the M-1 Challenge will come to Kansas City, Missouri for the 8th installment of this new fight series. 3 time All American Wrestler of Missouri and UFC and IFL veteran Mike Whitehead (22-6) is slated to take part in the event as the superfight participant.

Whitehead had a 13-fight win streak snapped at Affliction: Banned when he dropped a decision to Renato Sobral. As for Aleksander Emelianenko, he expects to compete at Affliction’s January event, and may also “fight around Christmas-time in Japan.”

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Aleks- October 16, 2008 at 9:26 am
Damn you Goodyear! You have failed me for the last time!
Josh- October 14, 2008 at 12:34 am
i was looking on the web one day and came upon the 9 most scariest things in the world and aleksander was number 4 or something. But it said that he would never be able to fight in the united states because he is a convicted felon in russia (armed robbery) and he is prohibited from legally entering the US... Maybe this is the reason that CSAC denied his license????
Aaron- October 13, 2008 at 11:20 pm
Looks like Strong Mad is going to win the title back from the tire.
Canucklehead- October 13, 2008 at 8:28 pm
Wicked caption CP. If you squint your eyes, I think you can even see the Palin's house through the trees.

Definitely heading to Tireland for my family's next vacation. I mean, just look at the rainbow colored apparati.
Stupid N00b- October 13, 2008 at 7:50 pm
I really like Aleks, but he doesn't seem to be living up to his potential. I believe his brother has said as much.
Ouch! That hurts- October 13, 2008 at 7:01 pm
Why does it look like he is working out in a kid's playgroud? Is the Red Devil Sports Club a part time daycare also?

Man, I bet those kids would beat the crap out of those punks at KinderCare!
Rob J- October 13, 2008 at 6:58 pm
is that footwear regulation or what?!
jim smith- October 13, 2008 at 6:51 pm
Aleksander Emelianenko wins via hepatitis