While M-1 Global is receiving much flack for being the sole “obstacle” that’s preventing MMA’s biggest heavyweight scrap from going down, the Russian based company that manages Fedor Emelianenko claims Strikeforce determines who their superstar fights.
“As we’ve mentioned in the past, Fedor fights whoever is put in front of him,” M-1 executive Evgeni Kogan told MMAJunkie.com on Sunday. “If [Alistair] Overeem is presented by the Strikeforce matchmakers as Fedor’s next opponent, then that is who Fedor is going to fight.”
Overeem ended his 30-month stateside hiatus this weekend by easily disposing of Brett Rogers. The Dutchman has been calling for a shot at Fedor for quite some time and did the same immediately following his 1stRound TKO inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
“Respect for Brett, because he stood up and he wanted to fight me like a man,” Overeem stated after his lopsided win. “I think now it’s Fedor’s time.”
Emelianenko is scheduled to headline Strikeforce’s June 26th event against Fabricio Werdum. It has been heavily rumored that if he is able to leave the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California victorious and unscathed, Overeem and Fedor could star in the organization’s first pay-per-view broadcast later this year.
That may be an ideal scenario for Strikeforce, Showtime and “Ubereem,” but Team Fedor knows none of that can take place if Emelianenko can’t extend his winning streak to a ridiculous 28.
“At this point, Fedor is choosing not to look past Fabricio,” Kogan said. “He is in the most intense part of his training camp in Stary Oskol right now and would like for it to be known that he is focused 100 percent on Werdum.
“The camp considers Werdum a very strong and dangerous opponent and all attention is currently on June 26th and San Jose.”
While Kogan claims it’s completely Strikeforce’s call as to who their client fights, everyone knows it’s never that easy when dealing with the Russians – as evidenced by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker’s comments on trying to fill out Fedor’s Outlook calendar.
“Alistair has told me many times he would love to fight Fedor. He has called Fedor out in Japan,” Coker told the website. “He’s looking forward to taking that fight, but that’s going to be something that we have to sit down with M-1 to discuss after the June 26th fight.”
What’s to discuss? According to Kogan, it’s your call to make, Scotty!