It’s official, Russian superstar Fedor Emelianenko has signed a new deal with the Strikeforce organization.
Both Strikeforce and Fedor’s management M-1 Global confirmed the news as the promotion officially announced their forthcoming heavyweight grand-prix which will feature the 34 year-old.
Details of the deal were not revealed but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker described it as, “a long term agreement,” in the press release.
Meanwhile M-1 Global’s Vadim Finkelchtein stated that, “This agreement benefits everyone, especially the fans who’ll see Fedor in action more often.”
It will be interesting to see whether that statement stands up to scrutiny over the course of the deal. The major complaint over Fedor’s original three-fight deal with Strikeforce has been the length of time between his fights. He fought just once in 2010 after M-1 Global pulled the plug on a proposed fight earlier in the year in order to, “re-tool his contract.”
Fedor himself also appears to be excited by the new deal which ensures that he’ll finally be back fighting before long, and have a chance to bounce back from his first defeat in 10 years against Fabricio Werdum last June.
“I have been training very hard since my last fight and can’t wait to get back in the cage,” Fedor says. “STRIKEFORCE has assembled a roster filled with the best heavyweights in the world and, together with M-1 GLOBAL, we have the opportunity to fight the best in a great tournament format.”
The Russian will face Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva in the quarter finals of the tournament on February 12th, while other stars like Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski will also feature in what’s set to be a major draw for Strikeforce in 2011.