Fedor Emelianenko To Fight Early in 2011, Says Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker
Strikeforce president and CEO Scott Coker revealed that talks are ongoing with Fedor Emelianenko's management team at M-1 Global. Fedor has one fight left on his contract with Strikeforce and the organization is hoping that he will make his return to the cage in the spring of 2011.
Fedor has not fought since a stunning first-round loss to Fabricio Werdum back in June of this year. The two sides have been in communication since that loss, but have yet come to an agreement on the next fight for the Fedor.
Coker had this to say to MMA Weekly about the negotiations: "I feel good about it, I feel good about the negotiations. Whether you’re dealing with Dream, or you’re dealing with M-1, or any foreign company there’s always a translation issue, and there’s always a cultural issue, and there’s just a lot of barriers that will come."
M-1 has been known to play hardball when it comes to getting a deal for Fedor. Their tactics and demands are one of the main reasons that Fedor has never fought for the UFC.
There is a lot of speculation on the next opponent for Fedor. A rematch with Werdum is possible, but depends on how quickly Werdum can rehab from elbow surgery he had this summer.
Other bouts that could happen are a title fight with Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem or perhaps a fight with Josh Barnett, one of Strikeforce's newest signings.
One thing is for certain that once his last Strikeforce fight is signed, there will be much speculation as to what Fedor will do as a free agent.
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