It didn’t take long for Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker to announce Fedor Emelianenko’s next possible opponent following Fedor’s impressive win over Brett Rogers at Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers event. Coker had previously stated that the winners of the night’s two heavyweight bouts, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers and Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Silva, could meet in the cage at a future event.
“We talked about earlier the winners fighting each other,” Coker stated during the post-fight press conference. “That’s definitely something we should talk about soon.”
Werdum (13-4-1) defeated fellow Brazilian heavyweight via unanimous decision, demonstrating incredible resilience after weathering an onslaught of blows in the first-round. After the victory, Werdum feels that it’s his turn to face the Russian heavyweight.
“It’s my turn to fight Fedor,” Werdum proclaimed at the post-fight presser. “I have a lot of respect for Fedor. Fedor is the best in the world.”
Scott Coker agreed with Werdum, noting that while it’s early, it made sense to put that fight together.
“All the options are going to be open at this point, but I do think that fight makes a lot of sense,” Coker stated. “But we’ll have to wait another couple days. Obviously, they’ll [M-1 Global officials] have to sit down and talk to Fedor, and we’ll take it from there. But we’d definitely like to do it. It’d be a great match-up.”
Coker noted that he will need to discuss all available options with M-1 Global, which co-promotes Emelianenko’s fights, to put together Fedor’s next bout. He said one possible option is a four-man tournament, which would include Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem, with the two winners then squaring off for the championship.