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Fedor Emelianenko & M-1 Global Want Alistair Overeem

There’s been talk of Fedor Emelianenko fighting Antonio Silva in Dec. and talk of  an “interim fight” in Japan on NYE, but just the other day, when asked who he wants to fight, Fedor said he wants take on the Dutch “Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem.

“Absolutely, I would like a rematch with Werdum. But as he was recently operated on, then as soon as this fight is unlikely to happen. This year, in November-December, I would prefer to meet in a cage with Alistair Overeem.”

Of course, what Fedor wants and the people negotiating his fights want are two different things, right? Well, that’s what many assumed, but apparently not. M-1 Global just sent out a press release declaring they want to book Fedor-Overeem before the end of the year too.

“This is an important match for me and something that I personally want to happen,” says Fedor. “There have been conversations about putting this match-up together in the past and now is the time to begin making this bout possible.”

Conversations have been taking place behind closed doors between M-1 Global and Strikeforce for some time and injuries, timing and differences of opinion have been roadblocks to putting Overeem and Emelianenko together. “M-1 Global wants to make this fight happen,” says M-1’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan. “As a global mixed martial arts company committed to driving the evolution of the sport and showcasing match-ups that the fans deserve to see, we want to make this bout a reality in 2010.”

The roadblocks that once previously were preventing one of the most highly anticipated bouts this year seem to be disappearing.

For months on end, Overeem told everyone who would listen that Fedor Emelianenko and more specifically M-1 Global were ducking him. He wanted to be the man to dethrone the heavyweight king, but when Fabricio Werdum tapped out Fedor in June, Overeem’s interest seemed to shift from Fedor to Werdum. So the question is, now that Fedor and M-1 want him, does Overeem still want Fedor?

And even if he does, it appears there will be another major obstacle to overcome in making this fight a reality. It wasn’t mentioned in M-1’s release, but SI.com’s Josh Gross is hearing that M-1 wants Olympic-style drug testing and Overeem’s camp has already turned the request down, claiming state athletic commission testing is enough.

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