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Rumor of the Day: Fedor Emelianenko to Face Rolles Gracie This Summer

(Just so you know, Rolles is the one on the bottom.) 

Sad news for those of you who were still clinging to the insane hope that Fedor Emelianenko would be the man to challenge Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight title –all six of you– as the rumor currently circulating the MMA blogosphere has “The Last Emperor’s” potential opponent bar set a little…lower. Go figure.

Yes, according to none other than Rolles Gracie himself, via his Twitter, it looks like the other member of the Gracie clan to go one-and-done in the UFC is currently negotiating with M-1 Global to put the fight together this summer, stating:

 Where there is smoke there is fire. My manager is under negotiation with M1. We’re really close to make this fight against Fedor to happen.

Don’t get too excited, Rolles, we all know how tasking the typical M-1 negotiation can be.

Fedor was previously rumored to be fighting in St. Petersberg, Russia on June 21st against an unnamed opponent; we’re going to assume that this will be the location that hosts their showdown.

Emelianenko last fought at Dream: Fight for Japan on New Year’s Eve, where he picked up a quick and violent first round KO over former Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii. Prior to that, he scored a unanimous decision over UFC veteran Jeff Monson in November, a win which snapped a three fight losing streak under the Strikeforce banner.

Since getting bounced from the UFC following a disastrous first round TKO at the hands of Joey Beltran at UFC 109, Gracie has scored 2 and 1/3 wins in a row against opponents with a combined record of 23-34. That 1/3rd we’re referring to would be his most recent win, a first round submission via punches over Bob “Gunna Tap” Sapp at One FC 2. At this point in Sapp’s career, a win over him should not be considered an entire victory, because that would assume that he actually fought back.

In case you aren’t exactly picking up what we’re putting down, Rolles Gracie is a dead man.

We’re not even going to talk up Gracie’s incredible ground game like it would present some possible outlet for victory. Citing Fedor’s loss to Fabricio Werdum as further proof that Gracie stood a chance would be an insult to your intelligence. Fedor is going to steamroll Gracie, probably inside of three minutes, and the world will halfheartedly watch with disappointment as Emelianenko continues to fight beneath his level.


-J. Jones

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UFCFightBlogger- April 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm
M-1 is doing a horrible job with Fedor. He isn't the fighter he used to be but they can do a better job of getting him some credible opponents. Rolles is just embarrassing for Fedor. Can't believe they can't get him a better fighter with more of a name. He is still Fedor after all. Lashley would be a good fight.

Check out this article about Fedor
linzhanba- April 14, 2012 at 3:51 am
mma fan- April 13, 2012 at 9:25 am
I have met Rolles and he is a real nice guy and has an amazing jiu jitsu game but truth be told he is not even close to being the same caliber a fighter as Fedor. I know he has been working on his boxing but come on not even a shot that he can beat Fedor even with Fedors recent decline throughout the years. I wish him the best but I just don't see him pulling off the win.
pilobash- April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm
So is Renzo Gracie not considered a one-and-done?
RwilsonR- April 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm
Only slightly less important news than Frank Shamrock getting his braces off.
The12ozCurls- April 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm
Plagiarism is a crime u asshole. lol
Viva Hate- April 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm
What does the Gracie name mean? It means being the next can that Fedor decides to cruch.
SethF- April 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Clearly Rolles Gracie has never burned popcorn.
DangadaDang- April 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm
That one took me a second, I'll admit it.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm
I bookmarked this article under W.... Who gives a fuck.
The12ozCurls- April 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm
I think I care more about Frank Shamrock getting his braces off than I do about this piece of crap fight.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm
haha I know right, exactly.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm
No offense Danga, it isn't the writing I don't care for, it's the fight.
DangadaDang- April 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm
Be honest, it's both.
The12ozCurls- April 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Danga you sour-puss. Come on over and give me a hug little soldier.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm
Actually Danga to be honest, I can't hate on your article because I didn't read more than the title and caption under the picture. The fight doesn't appeal to be in the slightest so I didn't take the time to read the article. My bad, I am an asshole.
RwilsonR- April 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Shit! I said he same thing as 12oz, but didn't see his comment because of this stupid hidden comment bullshit.
The12ozCurls- April 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm
The_Dead_Cow- April 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm
Gracie is gonna get clubbed like a baby seal..