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Fedor Emelianenko Hoping to Complete Strikeforce Contract on Pay-Per-View

Written by Tom Ngo
June 8th, 2010
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Top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko

After Fedor Emelianenko takes the cage June 26th against Fabricio Werdum, MMA’s most coveted heavyweight will only have one fight remaining on his Strikeforce deal. While most are focusing their attention towards a potential Octagon debut, Team Fedor is looking to end his current contract with a bang.

“Following this fight now, we have one more fight on the cards,” Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global director of operations, told MMAWeekly.com. “That’s the future for now. There’s one more fight following the June 26th fight and that fight is more likely than not on pay-per-view.”

The obvious choice to stand opposite Emelianenko in Strikeforce’s first PPV broadcast is heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem. Despite what UFC president Dana White is trying to sell, MMA purists will argue to the death that THIS is the biggest fight in MMA history.

While an Emelianenko vs. Overeem scrap is a foregone conclusion among fight fans, Kogan claims it’s far from a done deal, especially since Fedor’s only focus right now is on collecting his 28th consecutive victory and leaving the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA unscathed.

“It depends on what happens during this fight. It depends on health issues, and whatever else following this fight. It depends also by other factors, so I don’t want to tell you something and not have it happen,” said Kogan. “It’s possible, it’s not unlikely, but I wouldn’t say I’d guarantee that it happens in 2010.”

Ubereem has remained boisterous in his deep-rooted belief that everyone involved with M-1 Global – not named Fedor Emelianenko – has done everything possible to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge him.

Nyet, states Kogan.

“If that is what is offered, Fedor nor his management, we will not turn down fights. If that’s what is offered, it’s what we’ll be taking,” Kogan said about a potential bout with Overeem. “If that is something that is put in front of us by the matchmakers at Strikeforce, and that is something that our partners Showtime bring to us, then that is something that we will take.”

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