Eh, probably not, but by the way M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein is talking they are. According to him, not only has Fedor Emelianenko has begun training to fight Fabricio Werdum on June 26, Strikeforce has also agreed to put M-1 Global fighters on the card.
Fedor Emelianenko to fight Brazilian Fabricio Werdum
Fedor Emelianenko’s fight with Fabricio Werdum is scheduled for June 26 in the U.S. city of San Jose in a fight card organized by M-1 Global and Strikeforce.
The 33-year old Brazilian Werdum has 12 wins, four losses and one draw. Werdum is four inches taller and six pounds heavier than Fedor, and on the same night that Fedor knocked out Brett Rogers, Werdum won a three-round decision over fellow Brazilian Antonio Silva.
M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein commented on negotiations with Strikeforce and Showtime, on organizing a large fight card.
“From our side there is no contradiction. Fedor already started to prepare for a fight June 26 in San Jose. We also reached an agreement that the fight card will be able to include some of the fighters from the M-1,” Finkelchtein said on the M-1 Global web site.
On Saturday, May 1, Emelianenko received the blessings from the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill Belgorod, when the head of the Russian Orthodox Church visited Belgorod, where Stary Oskol is located.
I’d wait for Strikeforce to comment on this before taking it as gospel. They haven’t exactly been on the same page about anything as of late.
Very interesting if Strikeforce caved on M-1’s demand to feature their fighters though. Some of you may remember that was one of M-1’s original demands during the first round of UFC negotiations a couple years ago.