Emelianenko, 33, was initially thought to have sustained tendon or ligament damage in his left thumb during his second-round TKO victory over Brett Rogers at Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The potentially serious injury could have called for complicated surgery and might have kept the world’s No. 1 heavyweight out of training for an estimated 4-6 months.
Instead, the fighter’s reps said two pins were placed in Emelianenko’s hand to correct the dislocation, and that the bone had not fractured nor broken through the skin as is possible with this type of injury. The 15-minute procedure was performed under general anesthesia at a Santa Monica hospital, said M-1 Global officials.
It was also confirmed that Fedor’s nose was not broken. He will resume limited training when he returns to Russia and will be ready to headline another card sometime in the first quarter of 2010.
In other Strikeforce news, it appears Marloes Coenen’s swift victory over Roxanne Modafferi has earned her a title shot against Strikeforce women’s champ Cris Cyborg. They’re currently penciled in for Jan. 30 Strikeforce card in Miami, Florida.