Strikeforce’s April Event Will Be On CBS – Without Fedor

Now we’re finally getting somewhere.  It’s been like pulling teeth trying to get information from Strikeforce regarding their upcoming event in April recently, but Sherdog finally managed to unearth some very interesting developments in the story.

Speaking directly to CBS, the site was able to establish that the recently confirmed April 17th event for Strikeforce’s next major event will indeed be aired on the network.

The news appears to confirm the recent rumor that Fedor Emelianenko will not be a part of the free-to-air event.  Therefore it seems likely that the middleweight title fight between Dan Henderson and Jake Shields will now headline the show.

While the parties involved may put a brave face on it this is a major blow for Strikeforce and CBS.  Fedor was brought in at considerable expense to be the flagship star of the promotion, after having spent their advertising dollars promoting him for the first show, not having him on the second one is a serious gaff.

Even more intriguingly, Sherdog reporter Loretta Hunt goes on to suggest that behind the scenes wranglings may prevent Fedor from appearing in May as well.

“Multiple sources are indicating that the stoic Russian could be absent from both events as his management attempts to re-tool terms of Emelianenko’s existing contract with Strikeforce.”

This certainly ties in with what I stated on on Wednesday – that Strikeforce’s business relationships with the likes of M-1 Global and CBS may be the primary reason why they have been strangely reluctant to speak to the media recently.

M-1 Global in particular have a reputation for being difficult to deal with, and Strikeforce officials may now be experiencing this first-hand.

One thing’s for sure.  This story is far from over, so stay tuned for more in the days and weeks ahead.

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