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Fedor Emelianenko Could Return to Strikeforce in October or November

Fedor EmelianenkoStrikeforce CEO Scott Coker has begun negotiations with M-1 Global to plan the return of former top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, who could return to Strikeforce as early as October.

“Hopefully we’ll have something put together in the next two to three weeks and we can make a big announcement when the next Fedor fight will occur,” Coker recently told Sherdog. “If it were up to me and it were a Strikeforce event, we’d have Fedor fighting before the end of the year. When you have a co-promotion, there are a lot of different needs to fill so to speak.”

Fedor had been targeted to meet heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem later this year before suffering a 69-second submission loss to Fabricio Werdum last month. Coker recently said Emelianenko wouldn’t immediately rematch Werdum and could instead face Overeem in a non-title bout or meet Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva or Sergei Kharitonov next.

Fedor’s next Strikeforce bout will complete his current deal with the promotion, but as both sides sit down to discuss his next matchup, Strikeforce also hopes to reach a new deal to keep Emelianenko.

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