The latest news on Fedor Emelianenko’s future with Strikeforce is there is no news. Strikeforce is still actively negotiating with M-1 Global for Fedor Emelianenko’s next fight and presumably a potential contract extension. That was the word from Scott Coker during today’s Strikeforce “Houston” conference call.
“We have ongoing dialogue even as recent as last weekend, and it’s an ongoing process,” he said. “I feel we’ll come to when Fedor fights and who Fedor fights … we’ll probably have that put together in the next couple weeks.”
While negotiations may still be ongoing, it appears M-1’s preferred opponent is no longer on the table. Scott Coker later told MMA Junkie that Fabricio Werdum won’t return to action until January 2011.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the heavyweight fighter will be on the bench until January 2011. As a result, no opponent has been set for his return.
“The date is really to be determined because Fabricio is not going to fight until the beginning of next year, so he’s going to be sidelined for the next five months,” Coker said.
It’s unclear whether the elbow injury Werdum spoke about in the weeks following the fight has anything to do with layoff.
Meanwhile, despite the Werdum loss, M-1’s Vadim Finkelstein maintains that Fedor Emelianenko is still the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, but unfortunately for him, the majority no longer agrees. Fair or not, if Fedor is ever going to regain his status as the consensus number one heavyweight and pound-for-pound fighter in the world he’s going to have to prove it in the UFC. Hopefully, someone at M-1 is smart enough to recognize that as they decide Fedor’s future.