According to reports, M-1 Global’s Fedor Emelianenko is currently mulling over an offer from Strikeforce to face Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in a yet-to-be announced card on December 4th.
A source close to the Russian told MMAJunkie.com on Friday that the world’s former/current top heavyweight will decide within the coming week whether he’ll accept the scrap or force the San Jose, California-based promotion to come up with a more suitable adversary.
The report did not mention if Emelianenko and Strikeforce had come to terms on a contract extension, as his impending free agency is about to turn IMMEDIATE after his next contest.
Last week, M-1 Global director of operations Evgeni Kogan claimed they were “two-thirds” of the way done with a new deal to remain with their stateside partners.
Strikeforce has yet to determine which city or venue will host Emelianenko’s highly anticipated return.
Team Fedor have been adamant about coming back to the cage before the end of the year, and if they stay true to the plan and opt to pass on Silva, a rematch with Fabricio Werdum isn’t available due to the upset specialist’s elbow injury.
So that leaves heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem, who may or may not be competing in the K-1 Grand Prix that may or may not be taking place in September. Considering the hoopla and anticipation behind the potential blockbuster bout, this would be the most surprising option unless a contract extension is in place before Fedor takes the stage.
Emelianenko signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce last August after an arduous negotiating period. He made his debut this past November and awarded the previously undefeated Brett Rogers his first loss at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.”
Silva holds an impressive 14-2 professional record and was most recently seen handing former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski a decision loss at “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery.”