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Fedor Likely to Re-Sign With Strikeforce

(In my recurring nightmare a Brazilian spider chokes me out with his legs. He’s right behind me isn’t he? / Photo courtesy of

Despite a general consensus that Fedor Emelianenko‘s days as a Strikeforce fighter are likely over after he fulfills his last fight obligation with the organization, "The Last Emperor" says that he is happy with the California-based promotion and that he will likely sign another deal with them.

"So far I feel very comfortable fighting, very good with my fighting, and I’m planning [to fight] as long as I can physically," he said in a recent interview with "As far and I’m concerned we should discuss the possibility of signing another contract for four to six fights." 

There was talk that after Emelianenko lost to Fabrico Werdum two months ago that M-1 was on the brink of collapse, partially due to the surprising loss by it’s principle asset. The company is said to have fired a number of its employees and closed up shop in the Netherlands, the location of its head office for several years.

A large portion of M-1′s revenue came from cross promotional agreements they were able to secure with pretty much every promotion Emelianenko fought for the past few years including Strikeforce, but considering Fedor’s stock has dropped somewhat with the loss to Werdum, the company lost some of its bargaining power.

Fedor has long been coveted by Dana White as a fighter whose services he wanted to acquire, but since the loss the UFC president has said that he is no longer interested in signing Emelianenko, especially since he lost to a guy he cut from his organization nearly two years ago.

Recognizing that their client’s options are somewhat limited in North America and that they stand to make more money if they renew their co-promotional agreement with Strikeforce, it seems that M-1 has decided that extending Fedor’s contract with the promotion is the most sound business deal it can make.

Although no date for Emelianenko’s next fight has been set, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker hinted recently that Fedor will likely not get a shot at heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem in his next bout as the promotion is leaning towards Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva as "The Demolition Man’s" next opponent. This could be a negotiation tactic by Coker to ensure that Fedor doesn’t just take the belt and run without renewing his contract if he beats Overeem, but since he isn’t known for his brilliant business prowess, it isn’t likely.

As far as a rematch with Werdum, Emelianenko will have to wait until the Brazilian submission expert heals from elbow surgery before he will get a chance at redemption.

According to M-1 Global Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan negotiations surrounding his client’s next fight have already been initiated, although he wouldn’t name any potential opponents. 

"The relationship between ourselves, Strikeforce and Showtime is a good one," he said. "We had a great event in June in San Jose, and we look forward to more good events with our partners. … [We] are in talks to extend the contract for Fedor and at the same time to settle on who, when and where he is fighting next. These talks are going smoothly, and we are hopeful of a full resolution very shortly." 

The reality is, besides Overeem and Werdum, Strikeforce doesn’t have many legitimate opponents for Fedor and one of them have already beaten him and the other can’t seem to get matched up with him. Silva’s not a bad third choice, but he hasn’t done much to indicate he can beat a guy at the skill level of Fedor. In his past two fights he beat Andrei Arlovski via decision and lost to Werdum in the same way.

I’d like to see them bring in some new blood like Satoshi Ishii or Josh Barnett to shake the division up a bit.

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Ballkick- August 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm
RwilsonR +1
I totally agree,.. every day I read something "obscene, lewd, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, excessively violent" on here.
Sometimes it's even been me writing it.
.....However banning me would just give me more time to play "Angry Birds" on my iPad, I think I wasted enough time on that already.
fatbellyfrank- August 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm
I'm with you sexy Rexy, lets all move on Bro Hugs high fives all round, lets enjoy ourselves and behave as true Warriors of the nation know, immature, smartasses with the occasional rational comment, that being said I'm going back over to God and injuries post, gonna ask a few pertinent questions of some of my newer CP buddies
ReX13- August 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm
Mike Russell Says:

LOL @jimbonics. If I looked like Scott Coker's younger, heftier, Down syndrome inflicted brother, I probably wouldn't be ragging on other people's appearances...just sayin'.




Oh SHIT son! Jimbo, you know you're my boy, but damn you just got eat up.

On the other hand, MRuss took the time to make a 'Shop of you. So that's kinda cool.


I hope that this thread was a catharsis, and we can all go back to, you know, like, ENJOYING some CP.

Viva Hate- August 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Goldstein will get back to you. How long ago did you submit the ideas?

I had the same thing happen, I had submitted an idea myself without hearing anything, a few weeks went by and he got back to me. Busy man as can be understood.
fatbellyfrank- August 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm
@ Steampunk, thats disappointing to hear, dude steps up and gets ignored? thats not playin fair, at least reply and let a man know wheres he's at
RwilsonR- August 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm
So can we get back to the lewd, defamatory, libelous, threatening and mildly pornographic racial and ethnic jokes that accompany the occasionally MMA-related comments around here?
steampunk22- August 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I actually threw a couple of ideas Goldstein's way, never got back to me? Just concept stuff because some of it was based on posts that would basically be installments in a series, etc. But yeah, never heard anything back. Way she goes I guess.
RwilsonR- August 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm
I feel like we've had a breakthrough. So we'll praise MRuss on the photoshops, and give him shit about his hair and the whole Canadian thing... and probably a lot of the articles. But, occasionally we'll follow Misanthropy's well heeded advice and take it easy on the new guy, and we'll all get together and hug and sing kumbaya, and tell MRuss that it is all in good fun. In exchange, he'll stop fucking banning people!

And for the record, I kind of like that Dundas guy. He's a pretty funny dude.

Oh, and welcome back steampunk22!!! The "glitch" has apparently been fixed, I see.
jimbonics- August 12, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Mike, I don't want you to think for one second that isn't my new fb profile shot. That's some good comedy my friend.

fatbellyfrank- August 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm
and my two scents are........farts and Body odour
fatbellyfrank- August 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Looks like Fedor's gonna be signing the retirement contract, I wonder if Pipe, slippers and a rockin chair come with that deal
fatbellyfrank- August 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm
Woohoo Steampunk's back, I'm with EFB. I've got a cuppla fatties ready to go, bro hugs and high fives, the voice of the people will never be silenced, and I'm not sayin anything, cause i sometimes let a little bit of profanity colour my prose. This is definitely a place I come to read some articles, read some funny comments, some insightful, thought provoking comments, some seriously dumb ass stuff, and I agree,there has been a hell of a lot of whining and moaning posts going up about quality of articles bla bla, for those who beleive they can do better, I beleive BG and the staff basically threw out an open invite, that if you thought you could do better, send in CV, some examples of your work and go from there, I would be very interested to see what sort of response came from that.
I have said it a few times before, but CP is a fun place to be, a lot of posters seem to be missing the point and just throwin out bullshit an bile.
How about we cut the regular authors some slack, you dont like it , think you can do better, take the CP team up on their invite, put up or shut up.

PS I've been on this planet for a good 48 years now, and I've read some publications in my time, I dont think theres been anything that rely's on contributing authors that has been accepted with good grace by 100% of its readers 100% of the time.I guess what I'm tryin to say is, I think this a damn fine web site, and I love being a a part of this community, back off the contributor bashing, MR and CD would have to have hides like a rhinoceros to not get pissed at some of the criticism ( mainly unwarranted ) they receive.
And please, CP staff, dont throw the ban hammer around, leave that to the BE's of this world.
And always remember CP is where the cool kids hang out.

Peace out fellow Potato Warriors
jimbonics- August 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm
I applaud the source picture you used as well!


That was a good day.
jimbonics- August 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm
haha! nice! What you did there with the photoshop. Stick with what ya know killer!
Mike Russell- August 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm
LOL @jimbonics. If I looked like Scott Coker's younger, heftier, Down syndrome inflicted brother, I probably wouldn't be ragging on other people's appearances...just sayin'.hxxp://
2DaDeath- August 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm
my 2 cents
the glza- August 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm
holy crap russel's getting ridden hard! keep ya head up newdad -- we tease you because we love you -- please accept us and love us back or we'll grow up to be drug addicted whores.

Mr_Misanthropy and RWilsonR -- these fuckers are cool as hell and have the level heads needed.

i love cagepotato because of the articles and comments -- they are both interwoven to create the tapestry of mma infotainment that i come here for. if i want bland articles and analysis, i go to be but that shit gets old and stale quick.

break and the advertisers should understand that these discussions are why we keep coming to this site... hell RWilsonR said it best.
Viva Hate- August 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm
(_)(_)__________D (____O______)

Fedor showing everyone trueblooded MMA what he thinks of us by not facing the top competition
jimbonics- August 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm
(_)(_)====D O8}

Some fauxhawk with weezer glasses blowing fedor.
floppytall- August 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm
8==> - Fedor
cecils_pupils- August 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Viva Hate- August 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm

( o )( o )


This is Fedor after the sex change so that he can fight even weaker competition.
Randle McMurphy- August 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Mr Misanthropy I concur. I'm sure Mr Russell is already aware that he is neither funny nor informative and utterly incapable of producing an entertaining web site. I'm sure if we are very nice and don't provide any negative feedback he will eventually start puking out higher quality pablum of his own accord. Just because he has turned the greatest mma site ever into a mediocrity is no reason to hurt his feelings.
jimbonics- August 12, 2010 at 2:58 pm
We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Hey- there was a good gag running around here...


Fedor with his orthodox hat and beard after he moves into the monastery.