MMAJunkie.com has learned today through Fabricio Werdum’s management team that the only man to legitimately defeat Fedor Emelianenko will be sitting out of the Strikeforce heavyweight title picture until the early part of 2011. Much had been speculated about Werdum’s return to the cage as he himself had indicated that he would be undergoing surgery for a persisting elbow injury. At one point, his manager issued a conflicting statement but it appears as though “Vai Cavallo” will indeed undergo surgery that will have him out until early next year.
“I have put this procedure off for about two years now,” Werdum told MMAJunkie. “I am thankful that I have been able to compete at the highest international levels in both mixed martial arts and submission grappling and prove victorious despite my nagging injury. You’ve seen what I can do when I’m hurt, imagine what I can do when I’m healthy. Either way, without the support of my family, friends, Scott Coker and Strikeforce, I couldn’t do anything.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker had already spoke to MMAJunkie surrounding the procedure and indicated that the timing of Werdum’s healing will determine when he steps into the cage next and against whom he fights.
“The date (of Werdum’s next fight) is really to be determined because Fabricio is not going to fight until the beginning of next year, so he’s going to be sidelined for the next five months,” said Coker.
Werdum scored the upset of the year this past June when he submitted heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko in the first round of their Strikeforce: Fedor Vs. Werdum meeting. Werdum should be the next to get a shot at Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem’s belt but with Overeem poised to fight sometime this fall, it looks as though Werdum will have to wait for his shot at the belt.