Several mixed martial arts media outlets reported earlier this week that Russian heavyweight legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko would likely be taking on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on the upcoming January 29th Strikeforce card.
MMAJunkie.com did some digging however, speaking with both Strikeforce representatives and reps from Emelianenko’s management team M-1 Global, and found that rumors of the match up were premature and that the lengthy negotiations that have unfortunately become the norm when contracting Emelianenko’s services are still ongoing.
“We are really hoping that we can finalize things as soon as possible,” said M-1 Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan. “We have been steadily working toward an agreement. And I think we are closer to it now than we have been in the past.”
Kogan went on to tell MMAJunkie however, that a January 29th bout for Emelianenko is “not on the table.”
MMAJunkie also spoke with Strikeforce spokesman Mike Afromowitz, who explained that a Fedor-“Bigfoot” bout was still possible depending on “where these negotiations take us.”
It was also revealed that Strikeforce is looking at putting on a heavyweight tournament later this year and that both Emelianenko and Silva could be participants. Strikeforce’s last planned tournament–to determine the new middleweight champion in Jake Shields’ absence–was cut off at the pass by the Texas State Athletic Commission.