Many people have been left shocked by Fedor Emelianenko’s back-to-back losses after a ten year unbeaten run, but despite the fact he was Strikeforce’s biggest star, the company’s CEO Scott Coker appeared to have a strong feeling that Fedor’s remarkable reign in the heavyweight division was close to an end.
Few gave Fabricio Werdum a chance going into his fight with Fedor in June of last year, but Coker went on record several times prior to the fight stating his belief that the Brazilian would pull off an upset.
“People are always focusing on the Fedor equation, but believe me, Fabricio can get it done, and if he beats Fedor, I would not be shocked,” Coker told The MMA Hour radio show.
And asked by Sherdog.com following the weigh-ins for that fight if that was still his prediction, Coker confirmed, “I have to still vote for Fabricio.”
After being proven correct on that occasion Coker then raised more eyebrows when he made his prediction for the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP, and claimed that Fedor would not reach the final.
“I believe that there are going to be some upsets in this tournament,” Coker told The Fight Nerd, prophetically.
Coker’s crystal ball wasn’t quite on the money though, as he indicated it would actually be Fabricio Werdum who would again beat the Russian.
“If Fabricio Werdum beats Alistair (Overeem), I believe Fabricio can beat Fedor (Emelianenko) again and he’ll probably fight (Josh) Barnett. That’s my prediction, but in these things you never know. We’re going to have a lot of fun watching it unfold.”
Still, the very fact that Coker was betting against the promotion’s most high profile star to win the tournament was a ballsy move, and he’s was again proven correct last night.
Fans of Fedor may take some consolation from the fact that Coker is now also predicting that the Russian fighter will return to the cage again despite hinting at retirement after his loss to Silva last night.
“You’re still going to see Fedor in some great fights, and, you know, I don’t think he’s done,” Coker stated backstage.
Time will tell, but in the mean time, since the Strikeforce boss seems to have a knack for this sort of thing, you might want to put some money on his prediction for a Werdum vs Barnett final!