It appears there’s another option on the table for Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 Global besides a Dec. Strikeforce bout against Antonio Silva. According to M-1’s Vadim Finkelchtein, they are also considering an “interim fight” on NYE in Japan or Russia while they wait for Fabricio Werdum’s arm to heal. From an interview with, translated via

As we all know, Fabricio Werdum is out for a long time due to an elbow injury. Can you reveal who will be Fedor’s next opponent, and if it will be a co-promotional bout with Strikeforce?
We plan to organize an interim fight for Fedor. We are considering two options: Japan and Russia. We have a lucrative offer from the Japanese partners, who are interested in Fedor fighting on the New Year’s Eve. This is the most interesting option for us. But we are also not exluding an option that Fedor Emelianenko will fight in Russia, sometime in December. We have to organize another fight for Fedor, as Fabricio Werdum is currently injured and no one knows when he will come back. Strikeforce have absolutely nothing against the rematch, that’s exactly why we are planning the last fight on Fedor’s contract to be against Werdum.

Are there any alternatives other than Strikeforce?
There are some proposals. But I’ll say it again, we are ready to organize co-promotion with any organization that is ready to meet our demands. We have repeatedly expressed our desire to organize a joint show, even with the same UFC, but all in vain. We are ready to fight with the strongest and to co-operate with worthy.

Finkelchtein also spoke about the contract extension Evgeni Kogan and Fedor himself were talking about a couple weeks ago. The Google translation wasn’t pretty, but what I got out of it is Finkelchtein also believes the chances of signing an extension with Strikeforce are good. Apparently, Showtime plays a major role in the negotiations and if they make the right offer, M-1 will take it.

As for NYE, I’m a little skeptical about this “lucrative offer” in Japan when DREAM can’t even pay their featherweight champion on time, but we’ll see.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

Update: Look who Fedor wants to fight.

“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”