M-1 Global have confirmed that Strikeforce star Fedor Emelianenko will not fight for the promotion again until next year.
Speaking to Sherdog.com M-1’s Evgeni Kogan revealed that talks were ongoing with Strikeforce about the final fight on the Russian’s contract, but that plans to have him fight in December had now been taken off the table and an event on January 29th could be the earliest we’ll see ‘The Last Emperor’ back in action in the U.S.
It seems that there is still some debate between the parties as to who Fedor should be facing next. It’s believed that Strikeforce offered Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, but M-1 Global are not keen on that idea.
New signing Josh Barnett could now be an alternative option, but don’t be surprised if M-1 hold out for a rematch with Fabricio Werdum when he returns from injury in the early months of next year.
M-1 are also now discussing a possible contract extension with Showtime, and are also believed to be attempting to hash out a deal to have their ‘M-1 Challenge’ events aired on the channel.
According to Kogan talks on these matters are all ongoing and, “promising.”