(Oh yeah. The person who made this wallpaper just *gets it*.)
After months of negotiations between Strikeforce and Fedor Emelianenko‘s useless management company, the Last Emperor may finally have a return date. According to MMA Weekly, Emelianenko will face fellow heavyweight contender Antonio Silva at a yet-unannounced January 29th Strikeforce event. It will be Emelianenko’s first fight since his shocking submission loss to Fabricio Werdum in June. Silva also dropped a fight to Werdum last November, but has posted wins over Andrei Arlovski and Mike Kyle since then. Emelianeko is already 1-0 against fighters with acromegaly.
The January 29th event is expected to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, and will allegedly feature the return of Herschel Walker, and — get this — the third meeting between Jason Miller and Tim Kennedy, now that the trash talk between Miller and Nick Diaz has officially reached a stalemate, with neither fighter willing to leave their weight class.
But enough about non-freak-show fights. Let’s get to the good stuff…
The rumor coming out of Japan is that Strikeforce heavyweight champion/brand-new K-1 Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem will be booked to face 5-1 former WWE star Bobby Lashley at Dynamite!! 2010 on New Year’s Eve. Holy shit is that irresponsible. It’s the kind of matchup that makes you wish Strikeforce had their guys under exclusive contracts, because no way would that fight ever get made in the States. You’d sort of hope that Overeem would have better things to do with his time than beat the tar out of an outmatched opponent in an MMA fight, but I guess that’s kind of his thing now.
Among the new matchups being announced for Dynamite!!: Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa will take on 3-1 Japanese judo champion Hiroshi Izumi, Gegard Mousasi will face Japanese kickboxing star Kyotaro in a K-1 rules match, and Hayato Sakurai will meet Jason High.