Fabricio Werdum has revealed that he will be out for the rest of the year as he seeks surgery for a long standing elbow injury.

“There are a few priorities at the moment. One of them is getting surgery on my arm, since I’m suffering from tennis elbow,” Werdum tells Portal De Vale Tudo. “This really gets in the way of my training, and if someone catches me in an armlock, it could get ugly, ’cause it hurts a lot. I’ll have to go under the knife, since I’ve already delayed it several times. I’ve been like this for two years, always saying that I’d operate after each fight, but nothing. I feel that now is the time. I’m doing a series of seminars in Europe to enjoy the moment, and I’ll have surgery wehn I come back, already with my eye on the next fight.”

The news puts paid to any plans of a rematch with Fedor Emelianenko in the near future, news that’s sure to disappoint the Russian and his advisers who have made it clear that they wanted the fight as soon as possible.

Instead Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker may see this as the perfect circumstance with which to push forward his preferred option, a title fight between Fedor and current champion Alistair Overeem instead in the mean time.

Whether M-1 Global agree with that, or will now look to play the waiting game until Werdum is available remains to be seen.