Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-1) last fought back in November against Brett Rogers in his Strikeforce debut. Fedor stopped Rogers in the second round with a series of unanswered punches leaving his followers wondering what would be next.
After the bout with Rogers, it was announced that Fedor would be facing off against former UFC castoff Fabricio Werdum. The match with Werdum has not been finalized yet because Fedor’s management company, M-1 Global, has asked to renegotiate terms with Strikeforce delaying the bout. Some believe that the friction between M-1 and Strikeforce could open the door for the UFC to step in.
At a recent M-1 sponsored event, Fedor clarified, “I have no intentions of leaving M-1 Global. We have a very good partnership, so I don’t see any reasons why I should break-up my current deal with that organization”
Fedor continued, “My next opponent will be Fabricio Werdum. We are currently negotiating with his team, but if something goes wrong we will try to reach an agreement with Antonio Silva.”
The announcement about Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva comes as a surprise as Silva was defeated by Werdum in his last bout back in November. Fedor has been recognized by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world but has faced harsh criticism for his failure to face top quality opponents. Most of the top heavyweights now reside in the UFC’s stacked heavyweight division.
The bout with Fabricio Werdum is tentatively scheduled for June 26th in San Jose, California.