Today, during a pre-fight press conference to promote their M-1 Selection Eastern European event in St. Petersburg, Russia, M-1 Global, the company that represents Fedor Emelianenko, told TV 100 that MMA’s sickest heavyweight will not be participating in Strikeforce’s CBS broadcast in April.
It had been heavily rumored Emelianenko would headline the primetime show against Brazilian Fabricio Werdum, however MMAFighting’s Mike Chiappetta reported last week the Russian hadn’t started his training camp and didn’t intend to until Strikeforce confirmed the specifics regarding his next tango.
As of today, Strikeforce has yet to announce the date, venue, any fights or if CBS will indeed broadcast the event as expected. However, middleweight champion Jake Shields and Dan Henderson have both independently confirmed their highly anticipated showdown in April.
M-1 Global reps did confirm that Fedor’s scrap against Werdum is still on, however it would take place on a Strikeforce event in May, another show the San Jose-based organization has yet to publicize.
Emelianenko owns a ridiculous 31-1 professional record and is prefect through his last 27 contests. In his Strikeforce debut this past August, the former Pride heavyweight champion posted a sick 2ndRound knockout of then-undefeated Brett Rogers.
The trusty rumor mill had been swirling with talks of a meeting against Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem on a Japanese fight card, however today’s report quickly dispelled that chatter.
Werdum, who was released by the UFC earlier this year after posting a mundane 2-2 Octagon record, boasts a respectable 13-4-1 overall mark and is perfect in his two scraps for Strikeforce. He was last seen taking a hard-fought unanimous decision over Antonio “Big Foot” Silva on the same “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” show.
The latest buzz regarding Strikeforce’s April card is that it will take place on the 17th inside the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.