Strikeforce ended months of speculation regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s future with the organization when they finally announced this morning the Russian would meet Fabricio Werdum on June 26th.
With the heavyweight scrap officially set for the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Emelianenko took a few moments to address his fans regarding his impending foe.
Here is the message Emelianenko posted on his official blog Tuesday afternoon:
It has been a while since I have submitted a blog for you but I am back. Over the past few months I have been spending time with my family, traveling (we just came back from Japan with Marina and some friends), attending various events, and of course training.
Today I am happy to announce that I am going to fight Fabricio Werdum at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on the 26th of June! The fight will be live on Showtime. I finally have a chance to stand across the cage from the man who beat my brother, and to make that loss right.
I would also like to thank the people who take the time to email and send me messages. There are many, so my apologies if it takes me time to respond. All I want to do is to fight, and now I once again have that opportunity.
My training continues and I look forward to the fight. I will keep you updated over the coming weeks.
Strikeforce and M-1 Global, the Russian based company that manages Emelianenko, have been trying to renegotiate the three-fight contract they had agreed upon less than a year ago. Although neither side addressed what concessions were made to the original deal, it appears it was enough to please Team Fedor.