When M-1 announced that Fedor was no longer on Strikeforce’s April 17 card it seemed highly probable that CBS would broadcast the May card he’s supposedly fighting on instead, and Showtime would take the reigns for the April card headlined by Dan Henderson and Jake Shields. Well, apparently not. Both MMA Junkie and Sherdog are reporting that CBS will in fact broadcast the April event and the May card will land on Showtime.
After weeks of speculation about Fedor Emelianenko’s participation on Strikeforce’s second network-televised card, sources informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Friday that the top ranked heavyweight is not likely to headline “Strikeforce on CBS” – but the event is set for April 17 at the Sommet Center in Nashville. Tenn.
CBS and Strikeforce hope to announce the event’s full card in a formal press release on Monday, sources said.
There have been multiple reports that Fedor’s contract requires he fight on CBS, but apparently that is not true. Still, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, at least with the information we have in front of us, why Fedor would fight on Showtime instead of CBS. What also doesn’t make sense given M-1 announcement the other day is this little tidbit from Sherdog.
Fedor Emelianenko, the world’s No. 1-ranked heavyweight, will not appear on the April card. Emelianenko’s proposed bout with Fabricio Werdum has been pushed to May. However, multiple sources are indicating that the stoic Russian could be absent from both events as his management attempts to re-tool terms of Emelianenko’s existing contract with Strikeforce.
There were rumblings that M-1’s investor wasn’t pleased with M-1’s returns on the Strikeforce deal, so if that is true, it wouldn’t be surprising if M-1 is in fact attempting to renegotiate. If that was the case though, why would they confirm he will fight in May? I don’t know, but hopefully the pieces of this puzzle start falling into place sooner rather than later.
Back to the CBS event, Sherdog also claims that Herschel Walker will likely join Dan Henderson, Jake Shields, Gegard Mousasi and King Mo on the card.