As we reported earlier today Fabricio Werdum is now out of action until 2011 after deciding to get surgery for an elbow injury that’s been troubling for some time.
That news immediately generated talk that a fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem could now take place instead.
Of course as I mentioned at the time a lot depends on Fedor’s management M-1 Global who have been championing a rematch between Fedor and Werdum since the night of the shock defeat last month.
Here’s what M-1 Global’s Evgeni Kogan had to say to the Bloody Elbow site today when asked for his comments on Werdum’s decision.
Kogan: (Werdum’s) gotta do what he’s gotta do. The re-match will be there, pre elbow surgery or post. That’s what the fans want and that’s what they will eventually get.
Bloody Elbow: So no Overeem bout while we wait for Werdum?
Kogan: We have yet to talk to our partners. So news on that in a little while.
BE: When you say “our partners” does that mean Strikeforce?
Kogan: Strikeforce and Showtime.We are working with them both. Scott Coker, Ken Hershman and Jock McLean.
While Kogan doesn’t completely shut the door on the idea there is a general feeling that he’s less than keen to have Fedor fighting Overeem at this stage.
It’s also interesting that he cites both Strikeforce and Showtime as his partners. Strikeforce’s Scott Coker has already indicated he favors a Fedor Vs Overeem match-up, and the implication from Kogan may be looking to convince the Showtime execs that waiting for Werdum is the right call.
Scott Coker noted at Wednesday’s press gathering for Strikeforce: Houston that all the parties involved will be discussing their next move in a conference call tomorrow (Friday).
Hopefully they come away from that with concrete plans to get Fedor back in action, but the warning signs are there once again that we’re once again heading into yet another long, drawn-out negotiation period.