MMAFighting is reporting that fans may now put their frustrations at ease; Fedor Emlelianenko and his management team, M-1 Global, have finally come to a contractual agreement with the Strikeforce promotion and Fedor has officially signed to fight long-rumored opponent Fabricio Werdum on a June 26th M-1 Global/Strikeforce co-promoted event.
Fedor and M-1 Global have been involved in a lengthy and frustrating period of contract re-negotiation, likely centered around M-1 Global’s difficult co-promotion clause, since the later period of 2009. Fedor made his first, and to date only, appearance under the Strikeforce banner in November where he survived a few harrowing moments to come back and knock opponent Brett Rogers unconscious.
Fedor was expected to face Fabricio Werdum sometime afterward but the contract impasse prevented that bout from coming to fruition until now. The Russian heavyweight’s absence from the division has resulted in a strange rearrangement of the pecking order. The organization’s Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem, has finally returned from fighting overseas to defend his belt and the first man to get a crack at it will be the same man whom Emelianenko last beat, Brett Rogers. If Fedor can come out victorious in his fight with Werdum expect him to take on the winner of Rogers Vs. Overeem, that is if M-1 Global remains satisfied enough with the new contract to keep Emelianenko in the cage.
You can see “The Last Emperor” back in action on June 26th at the as-yet-unnamed Strikeforce/M-1 Global co-promotion which will go down in the promotion’s headquarters of San Jose, California at the HP Pavilion; the fight will also air on Showtime.