So there might be a little substance behind the rumors that Fedor Emelianenko won’t be fighting for Strikeforce in April. MMA Junkie is hearing his participation is leaning towards “unlikely.”
But MMAjunkie.com has been told by multiple sources that the involvement of Fedor Emelianenko – the promotion’s undisputed top draw – on the card is not only in doubt, it may now border on “unlikely.”
Additionally, while the unannounced April card has long been considered a lock for Strikeforce’s second-ever broadcast on CBS, the card may now wind up on Showtime.
If true, that’s going to raise a lot of questions especially with the UFC rumors still floating around, not to mention that one of M-1’s investors is rumored to be unhappy with the returns M-1 has been seeing from it’s US-based operations.
The good news is Gegard Mousasi and King Mo will likely still meet on the card, though it’s unclear if that fight would be for Gegard’s light heavyweight title or not.
Update: We finally have an answer. Fedor Emelianenko will not fight on the Strikeforce April card, however he will fight for Strikeforce in May against Fabricio Werdum. M-1 made the announcement earlier today. It puts end to the rumors that Fedor will fight Alistair Overeem in Japan next, but adds to the speculation that the April card headlined by Dan Henderson and Jake Shields will get switched from CBS to Showtime.