After reports last week that Fedor Emelianenko’s Strikeforce debut would be in October, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated during last night’s “Carano vs. Cyborg” post-event press conference that his debut is “probably going to be in November.”
Coker shot down a rumor that former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez was being considered for the fight, saying that “it was never even talked about”. He stated that his opponent would likely be Brett Rogers or Fabricio Werdum, and later stated that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem was also a possibility, if he is recovered from his hand injury.
“I definitely think there’s two guys here that would be a quality opponent for Fedor,” Coker said of Rogers and Werdum, who were at the press conference.
“I think Brett Rogers is one of the guys we have to take a serious look at,” he continued. “And Fabricio [Werdum] looked great tonight. I think on any given day he could do his thing.”
Rogers, who is coming off of a 22 second first-round knockout victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in June, told FightLine.com that he didn’t think that he would end up getting the fight. Werdum, who needed just 1:24 to defeat Mike Kyle via submission last night, noted that he was up for the fight if it were presented to him.
“It’s up to Mr. Scott [Coker],” Werdum stated. “Whoever Scott tells me to fight, I’m going to fight.”
He went on to joke that he isn’t quite ready for the fight yet, stating, “the athletic commission says for seven days I can’t fight. After that, no problem.”
Meanwhile, MMA fans won’t have to wait long to see “The Last Emperor” in action. Emelianenko will face newly crowned Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi in an exhibition sparring match at “M-1 Global: Breakthrough” on August 28th.