Get ready to be disappointed. Two weeks ago it was reported that legendary Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko had signed with a new Japanese promotion and would be making his eagerly anticipated return there. Now we know who he’ll be facing in combat.

Jaideep Singh.

“Who?” you may be asking right now.


Apparently Singh is a fighter out of India who has one fight to his record – thankfully, a win – in the Super Fight League. He’s also a kickboxer, although he hasn’t won a bout in that sport since 2011.

Here’s MMAFighting with the report:

Fedor Emelianenko’s opponent for his Dec. 31 return fight is expected to be announced at a press conference in Japan on Thursday, however, sources with knowledge of the fight say the new Japanese promotion is targeting Indian-Japanese heavyweight kickboxer Jaideep Singh as his foe.

The 28-year-old Singh is 40-10 (1 NC) in kickboxing but just 1-0 in MMA. His lone MMA fight was in June 2013 when he defeated Alireza Tavak at Super Fight League 19. The 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul champion hasn’t won a kickboxing match since 2011.

Well, that’s definitely a big bummer. But 2.5 million bucks to fight a no-name tomato can… Get paid, Fedor. Get paid.