Fedor Emelianenko NYC open workout photos

Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor hit the mitts and worked the bag during his workout.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor hit the mitts and worked the bag during his workout.

The famed Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko took a humongous bite out of the Big Apple Wednesday as hundreds of appreciative fans arrived early and stayed late to catch a glimpse of the mixed martial arts superstar and universally recognized No. 1 heavyweight in the world at a Free Open Workout and Meet & Greet in New York City.

In a major news development, it was announced that the talented, exciting Fedor (30-1) of Russia would meet undefeated, hard-hitting Brett “The Grim” Rogers of Minneapolis on SHOWTIME this fall. It will be Fedor’s first start since M-1 Global and STRIKEFORCE signed a ground-breaking agreement to co-promote major events.

Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker addresses the media and fans who turned out at Fighthouse on Wednesday.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - STRIKEFORCE Founder and CEO Scott Coker addresses the media and fans who turned out at Fighthouse on Wednesday.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor was in a jovial mood as he answered questions from the media and fans.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor was in a jovial mood as he answered questions from the media and fans.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - President of M-1 Global, Vadim Finkelchtein, is interviewed by SHOWTIME.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - President of M-1 Global, Vadim Finkelchtein, is interviewed by SHOWTIME.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor hit the mitts and worked the bag during his workout.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor hit the mitts and worked the bag during his workout.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - It was an opportunity of a lifetime for many of the fans, who were able to get autographs, take pictures and get up close and personal with the great Fedor.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - It was an opportunity of a lifetime for many of the fans, who were able to get autographs, take pictures and get up close and personal with the great Fedor.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - It was an opportunity of a lifetime for many of the fans, who were able to get autographs, take pictures and get up close and personal with the great Fedor.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - It was an opportunity of a lifetime for many of the fans, who were able to get autographs, take pictures and get up close and personal with the great Fedor.