Fedor Emelianenko’s tenure in Strikeforce may not be complete yet, as the former heavyweight king could be set to help Strikeforce put the finishing touches on the division. It was announced that after the finals of the Strikeforce grand prix, there would be one more heavyweight match before the division is completely absorbed by the UFC.
Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier are set to meet in the grand prix finals in March, leaving the last match to be contested later in 2012. The idea of Fedor taking one the winner of Barnett-Cormier seemed to spark interest in Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
“I had a few ideas (for finale fighters), but they were just booked for UFC fights,” said Coker, following Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine card (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “That’s interesting (in regards to Fedor). I’m not sure what Fedor has planned. I haven’t spoken to M-1.”
Emelianenko recently ended a three-fight losing skid by taking down Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii in Russia and Japan, respectively. His last three bouts for Strikeforce – all defeats – came at the hands of Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson.
Werdum, Silva, Chad Griggs and Alistair Overeem have all been signed by the UFC in recent months, taking them out of the equation for the plus-one bout.