Fabricio Werdum Won’t Give Fedor Emelianenko Rematch In 2010 Without Right Incentives

With Fedor Emelianenko’s aura of invincibility shattered, his promoter, M-1 Global, is suddenly tasked with rehabilitating Fedor’s image as “the baddest man on the planet.” Their best course of action starts with getting Fedor back in the cage with Fabricio Werdum as soon as possible. In their eyes, proving Fedor’s loss to Werdum was a “fluke” can’t come soon enough. They’ve already targeted October for the fight.

Fortunately for M-1, Fabricio Werdum is willing to give Fedor Emelianenko the rematch they seek, however there’s a catch. According to Fighters Only, Werdum is only willing to do it on their timetable if the right incentives are provided.

Fabricio Werdum’s rematch with Fedor Emelianenko will take place – but not for at least eight months, according to a source very close to the Strikeforce heavyweight. The source told Fighters Only that Werdum does not want to rematch Fedor in what remains of 2010.

The source told us that Werdum has not ruled out taking another fight before rematching Fedor, and also said that he may be open to fighting him again in less than eight months if the right incentives were provided.

It seems to me if M-1 wants the rematch in October, they should be the ones to compensate Werdum for taking the fight on their terms, not Strikeforce. M-1 wanted to co-promote. They have to take the bad with the good, right?

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

  • Billdo

    Werdum should get Overeem. Fedor should get Bigfoot.

    • JR

      I don’t like the idea of Werdum possibly losing to Overeem and then having to have Emelianenko fight Overeem rather than rematch against the person he lost to. Especially if he’s prepared to fight Werdum already because then it would probably get pushed back even further.

  • chris

    if you a decade without a definitive loss i think you earn yourself an immediate rematch.

  • http://Round1 Jmsdevils

    agreed – I didn’t like the fedor hipe but I agree – Immediate rematch.

  • Daniel

    Werdum signed his Strikeforce extension, he should fight whoever they want him to fight

  • sandman

    I agree. All those comments sound right on…

  • JR

    Fedor will dominate him next time they fight and he knows it… that’s why he’s pushing for incentives to take an immediate rematch. The fact that he is willing to take it for incentives shows that there is no medical or training reason why he wouldn’t it’s simply the money factor… Werdum is just afraid of losing the title without getting a chance to make some money off his miracle win.

    • LS

      Fully agree

  • mike

    rematch and it will be whole different story for sure.

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