Since Fedor Emelianenko’s shock defeat to Fabricio Werdum there has been much talk about who he would face next, with an immediate rematch with Werdum, a title fight with Alistair Overeem and most recently Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva all being suggested as potential opponents.
According to M-1 Global’s Vadim Finkelstein however, the Russian’s next fight may not even be in Strikeforce.
“We plan to organize an interim fight for Fedor,” Finkelstein tells the Championat.Ru site. “We are considering two options: Japan and Russia. We have a lucrative offer from the Japanese partners, who are interested in Fedor fighting on the New Year’s Eve. This is the most interesting option for us. But we are also not exluding an option that Fedor Emelianenko will fight in Russia, sometime in December.”
Finkelstein goes on to reveal why they are looking to options outside of Strikeforce at this time.
“We have to organize another fight for Fedor, as Fabricio Werdum is currently injured and no one knows when he will come back. Strikeforce have absolutely nothing against the rematch, that’s exactly why we are planning the last fight on Fedor’s contract to be against Werdum.”
From almost the instant that Fedor was defeated, M-1 Global have been pushing for a rematch with Werdum, and despite Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker suggesting that he would now have more power at the negotiating table and might look to promote a different fight, it seems that M-1 have other ideas.
I’m curious to see what kind of opposition they are looking at lining up for Fedor in either Japan or Russia. Ideally they will be looking to put together a fight with free agent Josh Barnett who was originally scheduled to face Fedor at an Affliction event last year.
Bearing in mind that this is M-1 Global though, and that Japan looks likely to be the destination of the fight, I can’t help but wonder if they will simply serve up a can for Fedor to crush to ensure that he gets back to winning ways before he takes on Werdum for a second time.