Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Prefers Fedor Emelianenko vs. Alistair Overeem

Written by Tom Ngo
July 12th, 2010

Strikeforce Heavyweights Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum

While the top of the UFC’s heavyweight division is clearly mapped out, their stateside counterparts are unsure how their 265-pound class will unfold. Although Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has a plethora of scenarios to play with, there’s one match-up in particular that tops his list.

“My feeling is maybe Fedor Emelianenko should fight Alistair Overeem and whoever wins that fight gets to fight Fabricio Werdum,” Coker recently told Sherdog.com. “Alistair vs. Fedor? I’d love to see that fight happen.”

Although nothing has been confirmed, it’s believed the highly anticipated showdown – and Strikeforce’s sole trump card – will headline their first pay-per-view broadcast. The contest would mark Fedor’s final commitment to the San Jose, CA based promotion, so why not go out with a bang?

Oh wait, of course Strikeforce was planning on retaining the Russian’s services.

“We just saw Fedor fight Werdum. I’m not saying we couldn’t do the rematch first,” Coker added. “I’m just saying there are a couple of options on the table and the other option would be to fight Alistair … but until we sit down with M-1, these are all just the options … For me, the times have changed and it’s going to be an interesting negotiation now.”

After witnessing Emelianenko’s abrupt fall from grace last month, to say the pendulum has swung would be an understatement. Although he’s still considered by many as the planet’s top dog, Fedor has lost his aura of invincibility and M-1 Global has lost their negotiating power.

Although all the attention remains on Fedor, Overeem is the one that dons the gold. Despite having K-1 tournaments on his mind, the 32-year-old has promised Coker that his priority is Strikeforce.

“I talked to Alistair and have really good contact with his management and they told me his priority is going to be fighting in America,” said Coker. “I think (Overeem) wants to fight Fabricio Werdum really bad and I think he wants to fight Fedor really bad.

“He is our champion, so we’ll put those fights together for him.”

Fights? As in plural? The only way he can ENSURE that is if Alistair defends his strap against Fedor next. Otherwise, Fedor vs. Ubereem could be the bout we look back on in 20 years and think, ‘What if’.

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