As reported earlier, Fedor Emelianenko injured his left hand during Saturday night’s bout with Brett Rogers. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told The LA Times that the injuries have sidelined the Russian heavyweight for the near future.
“Fedor suffered a fracture and tendon damage in his left thumb, and a fractured nose in the Rogers fight,” Coker explained. “We’re hearing he could be out for four to six months.”
Emelianenko joins UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar on the inactive list. UFC President Dana White wasted no time in giving his thoughts on who would win if Emelianenko were to ever face Lesnar.
“The guy just got his face smashed in by Brett Rogers. Do you know what Brock or [UFC heavyweights] Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez would do to Brett Rogers?” White asked. “It’s time to bring this guy [Fedor] in [to the UFC], to see Brock Lesnar smash his head.”
Fedor’s camp remains agreeable to the fight, however in what has become a broken record, will only agree to Emelianenko facing Lesnar if the organization is willing to agree to co-promote with M-1 Global.
“If UFC wants to prove it has the best fighters, step up and co-promote,” M-1 Global Vice President Jerry Millen stated. “Fedor just wants to be treated fairly. The UFC business model is to own the souls of their fighters. Fedor doesn’t have to do that, and if the fans scream loudly enough, we can make that happen.”
But for now, both fighters need to recover from their respective health issues and injuries before thinking about their next bout.