Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has confirmed that their prized heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, will be making his return to the promotion in June.
“M-1 Global and Strikeforce entered into a three fight contract exclusive for Fedor to fight in a co-promotion between Strikeforce and M-1 Global, and as you know we did the first fight on November 7th in Chicago,” Coker told reporters following Monday’s Dream.13 event in Japan.
“Fedor is now scheduled to fight in June towards the end of the month in America against Fabricio Werdum.”
MMAWeekly.com was the first to report the news, which appears to have been a done deal when 5thRound.com spoke to Coker last week at the “Strikeforce: Nashville” media day in Hollywood, California (please see the video below).
Although over four million Americans tuned-in to see Emelianenko knockout then-undefeated Brett Rogers in the 2ndRound at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers,” with millions more watching worldwide, something was still not sitting right with Emelianenko and Co.
The win marked Emelianenko’s 27th consecutive victory, bumping his professional record to an astonishing 31-1.
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 that same November 7th fight card.
With Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem set to face Rogers at “Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery” in a non-title affair in May, and Fedor penciled in for a June date with Werdum, it seems like the highly anticipated Fedor vs. Overeem title bout could be in the cards if both heavyweights come out victorious.
Please click the media player below to see 5thRound.com’s exclusive interview with Coker at last week’s presser: