After initially asking for an immediate rematch to legitimize his “fluke” victory over Fedor Emelianenko, it appears the Brazilian is now backpedaling from those demands as he prepares to attack the negotiating table.
“That was with the emotions of the fight running high,” Werdum’s manager, Richard Wilner, told MMAFighting.com. “Once emotions subside and rationale thought prevails, Fabricio understands there’s no upside to a rematch with Fedor unless M-1 puts a significant amount of money on the table.
“We have no rematch clause in our contract with Strikeforce.”
After parting ways the UFC following his TKO loss to Junior dos Santos in October 2008, Werdum now finds himself in a precarious position. Now that he’s hung submission victories over Fedor and Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem, the jiu jitsu specialist carries quite a bit of bargaining power in regards to his next date.
“While we’re open to the possibility of fighting Fedor again, whatever opportunity that Strikeforce puts in front of us, as long as it makes sense, we’ll consider it,” Wilner stated.