If Fedor Emelianenko defeats Fabricio Werdum this Saturday inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, it should blast the doors wide open for a blockbuster showdown between Fedor and Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem. At the same time, a convincing win could also kick-start the biggest stalemate in MMA history.
“Alistair has told me many times he would love to fight Fedor. He has called Fedor out in Japan when he fights in Japan all the time. He’s looking forward to taking the fight,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker previously told MMAJunkie.com. “That’s going to be something where we’ll have to sit down and discuss with M-1 after [Saturday’s] fight.”
Emelianenko is a significant 10-to-1 favorite to give Werdum the business and extend his winning streak to an unprecedented 28. Therefore, expect for the Russians and Americans to convene at the negotiating table once again to discuss Fedor’s future.
Therein lies the problem for the San Jose, California based organization. It’s been well documented how difficult it is to deal with M-1 Global, Emelianenko’s longtime management company, and one can only imagine the demands they might conjure up knowing Strikeforce’s first (and perhaps only) pay-per-view show hangs in the balance.
Furthermore, a potential Overeem scrap would mark his third contest inside a Strikeforce cage – completing his commitment to the organization. Would Strikeforce dare putting their most significant title up for grabs without having the victor under contract?
Better yet, picture Emelianenko steamrolling Ubereem for his belt, then taking it with him into the Octagon to unify the WORLD heavyweight title opposite Brock Lesnar or Shane Carwin – depending upon who survives UFC 116 on July 3rd.
To have that happen wouldn’t just be like pouring dirt on Strikeforce’s grave, but dancing on top of it as well.
While UFC president Dana White and a handful of his die hard faithfuls might disagree, Strikeforce has access to the biggest heavyweight fight in MMA history. Unfortunately, after Fedor vs. Overeem is over and done with, their company might be as well.