In another confusing press release made by Russian MMA great Fedor Emelianenko and his management company M-1 Global, “The Last Emperor” has apparently changed his mind again about who he wants to face next and is now seeking out a bout against Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem.
“This is an important match for me and something that I personally want to happen,” said Fedor. “There have been conversations about putting this match-up together in the past and now is the time to begin making this bout possible.”
Emelianenko was considered by many to be a frontrunner for Overeem’s belt before he suffered a shocking loss at the hands (or, legs) of Fabricio Werdum this past June. After the bout, Emelianenko called for a rematch with Werdum but that bout is unlikely to happen before Spring of next year due to elbow surgery that Werdum underwent. Most recently, Emelianenko seemed resigned to face someone, most likely in Japan in the DREAM promotion, this New Year’s Eve while he waited for Werdum to recover. He has apparently grown impatient overnight, however, and M-1 Global frontman attributes their calling for Overeem to MMA fans’ desire to see the bout.
“As a global mixed martial arts company committed to driving the evolution of the sport and showcasing match-ups that the fans deserve to see, we want to make this bout a reality in 2010,” said Kogan.
It would be hard to justify giving Emelianenko a title shot after taking a loss but Strikeforce has engaged in more confusing matchmaking in the past. Time will tell how this plays out and if Emelianenko gets his current wish of taking on Alistair Overeem.