It’s Still Showtime for Fedor Emelianenko

Written by Tom Ngo
August 6th, 2011

Fedor Emelianenko Strikeforce M1 Global

UFC president Dana White may have eliminated Strikeforce from the shortlist of promotions Fedor Emelianenko can compete for, but that doesn’t mean the heavyweight still can’t fight on U.S. soil or be seen in America. According to M-1 Global director of operations Evgeni Kogan, Strikeforce ain’t the only show on Showtime.

“Dana White announced [Thursday] that Fedor is no longer a Zuffa fighter. Truth is Fedor was never under contract with Zuffa,” Evgeni told MMAWeekly. “Fedor’s contract it with Showtime. He remains a Showtime fighter, on a network which has been amazing to Fedor and the team.”

“The Team” Kogan is referring to of course is M-1 Global, the management group that has guided Emelianenko’s career. As part of the multi-fight contract extension Fedor inked this past January, M-1 Global was also able to land a four-event deal with Showtime to broadcast their ‘M-1 Global Challenge’ cards.

“Strikeforce is not the only MMA promotion on Showtime, so there are a number of options for Fedor which will be looked at,” Kogan expressed.

Although Dan Henderson handed Emelianenko his third consecutive loss last weekend, he too is now looking for a new home. While Henderson has become MMA’s hottest free agent since violently putting the Russian down, Kogan suggested a mulligan could easily be arranged if Hendo so desired.

“Last Saturday night fans were treated to one of the most exciting and unpredictable rounds of MMA action in recent history between two legends of the sport. Congratulations to Hendo and we are open to a rematch on Showtime,” Kogan said in closing.

Emelianenko owns an unmatched 31-4 (1 NC) record. Prior to his last three forgettable outings, “The Last Emperor” was riding a 27-fight winning streak which span for nearly a decade. While others around the 34-year-old continue to debate his future, it will be up to him whether he actually wants to resume his illustrious career.

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