Despite reports that ongoing negotiations between Fedor Emelianenko and Strikeforce may prevent the top-ranked heavyweight from returning to action in May, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie that they are in the final stages of talks and expect to make an announcement in the coming days on his next fight:
“I can tell you this: we’ve been having really good dialogue with M-1 Global and (M-1 Global president) Vadim Finkelchtein, and I think we’re in the final stages of buttoning everything up to make that happen again. I think we’ll have an announcement soon on that, but I feel very confident we’ll be promoting Fedor here in the near future.”
A lingering hand injury, suffered in his November Strikeforce debut over Brett Rogers, is reportedly to blame for Emelianenko not fighting on Strikeforce’s April 17 return to CBS, and he’s instead expected to meet fellow heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum at a May 15 Showtime-televised event in St. Louis, which also features the return of heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem vs. Rogers and Andrei Arlovski vs. Antonio Silva.
Pictured: Fedor Emelianenko