Speaking to sherdog.com this week Scott Coker appears to be standing his ground on his belief that Fedor Emelianenko should not be put on the shelf again until Fabricio Werdum recovers from elbow surgery.
“It’s not [going to be] Fabricio Werdum,” Coker states. “He already beat (Fedor). To me, it’s only been a month (since the first fight). We saw the Werdum fight already. I think when they eventually hook up and fight again, it will be an amazing fight and event.”
Coker has previously made it known that he favors a fight between Fedor and current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, but, though they’ve been trying to downplay it recently, it’s also well established that M-1 Global have never been especially keen on that match-up.
This difference of opinion looked like it was going to be a major obstacle for the two parties to overcome, but it seems Coker has alternative suggestions to help ensure that Fedor gets back into the mix sooner rather than later.
“It doesn’t have to be Overeem,” he says. “It could be (Antonio) ‘Big Foot’ Silva or maybe (Sergei) Kharitonov.”
Like Fedor, Silva also holds a loss to Fabricio Werdum in Strikeforce, but he has since bounced back with a win over Andrei Arlovski, taking his record to 14-2.
Russian veteran Kharitonov is a new signing to the Strikeforce heavyweight division. Formerly of PRIDE, K-1 and DREAM fame, he holds wins over both Overeem and Werdum, though he does also have a loss to Fedor’s brother Aleksander on his 16-4 career record.
Truth be told neither fighter has the marketability of the other opponents that have previously been discussed, but with M-1 Global likely to play hardball it may end up being the only realistic option left on the table.