ESPN's Josh Gross tweets that M-1 Global is reaching out to find opponents for former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko. Among the fighters being considered for a come back fight are Mike Whitehead and Travis Wiuff. Both are extraordinarily underwhelming choices to face the greatest heavyweight of all time.
There isn't much benefit in beating either man, or in beating a present day Kevin Randleman, another fighter mentioned by Emelianenko's manager Vadim Finkelstein as a possible opponent. Fans know that defeating the likes of Wiuff and Randleman doesn't a world beater make. And a loss to either is a death sentence to Fedor's career.
A Russian unknown, like M-1 prospect , would be a better choice. At least then, should Fedor be unable to recover from a slide that has seen him lose three straight, the benefit of vanquishing a legend will stay in house. Fedor needs to test himself against the world's best or take a tune up fight against a promising prospect. A fight with a mid-level opponent does nothing for anyone involved and would be a bad misfire for the Russian promotion.