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Holy Shit! Alert: Fedor Emelianenko Signs With Strikeforce, Will Debut This Fall


(Prof. Fedor‘s freshman seminar on Chaucer, brought to you by St. Petersburg University in co-promotion with M-1 Global.  Next week, "The Parson’s Tale"!)

As Mike Goldberg would say, “It is aaallllll over!”  The Great Fedor Sweepstakes of 2009 has finally come to an end, and it’s Strikeforce who netted the Russian heavyweight with, according to today’s Strikeforce press release, “a historic, multi-fight agreement that will see him headline mega-events co-promoted by world championship promotions STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global.”

That’s right, Strikeforce caved to the co-promotion demands that proved to be the immovable object separating Fedor and the UFC.  Get ready for lots of awkward speeches from Vadim Finkelchtein and plenty of M-1 Global logos plastered all over the arena when Strikeforce comes to your town.  But the big question is, now that they’ve got him what will they do with him?


According to the official release sent out this morning, Fedor will make his debut on Showtime this fall against an as-of-yet unnamed opponent.  As far as big men go, at the moment Strikeforce has Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, and Brett Rogers as their marquee attractions.  Since Overeem is currently the champ, we have to think he’ll get the first crack at Emelianenko, assuming he can stay out of nightclub brawls long enough to let his hand heal.  

As for how the principal actors in this drama are feeling about things, we’ll let them tell you in their own words, via the press release:

Fedor Emelianenko: “I am looking forward to going back to work and fighting at the highest level.  STRIKEFORCE is a top fight promotion that houses some of the greatest fighters in the world.  I am prepared to fight any of them." [ed. note: consider yourself officially on notice, Gina Carano.]

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker: "We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with M-1 Global and Fedor.  Fedor has been the reigning king of MMA’s heavyweight division for quite some time now so being able to work with M-1 and Fedor will substantially increase the level of competition amongst the athletes in this weight class."

Showtime Sports Senior VP Ken Hershman: "With the addition of Fedor and STRIKEFORCE’s new relationship with M-1 Global, SHOWTIME is now the home of the best pound-for-pound male and female fighters in the world.  The Aug. 15 Carano-Cyborg matchup on SHOWTIME will clearly determine the best female mixed martial artist on the planet.  Then, come this Fall, our subscribers again will witness history when the universally recognized best male fighter-Fedor Emelianenko-joins the already long list of world-class athletes on the STRIKEFORCE roster, and for the first time ever plies his skills live on SHOWTIME.  We are better positioned now than ever before to deliver on our promise to televise the top fighters in mixed martial arts today."

M-1 Global Godfather/President Vadim Finkelchtein: "I am very happy and excited about the upcoming collaboration with Strikeforce.  We are very pleased that we found a reliable partner and I feel that Strikeforce and M-1 can support each other on many things. This will create big opportunities for both parties to test their fighters against worthy opponents."

So there it is.  Strikeforce officially has the world’s best heavyweight, despite not having a single other big man who is even in the top five of the division.  Get ready for a series of fights with increasingly far-fetched attempts at making the challenger seem like a credible threat.  At least it’s better than a career’s worth of Japanese freak show fights.  New Year’s Eve only comes once a year, thank God.

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Deadpanda- August 4, 2009 at 12:33 am
Stop feeding the trolls please.
Chri534.- August 3, 2009 at 11:30 pm
@bleve:

...and somehow you still have it ass-backwards. I admit that I was "injecting" the idea that you are probably someone who was a die hard Pride fan. At the same time, you are the one who keeps insisting that it was a good move by Fedor to not sign with the UFC (showing your organization bias).

Everybody already fucking knows that Fedor owns a part of M-1, that's why it's left out of the conversation (...wait, was that the whole point of your business side of the argument?).

Is your statement about Overeem and Cro Cop supposed to legitimize Overeem as a fighter? I know my shit. Please, list Overeem's top ten fights and explain to me why he should be anywhere in the top ten among today's fighters.

Oh, and I apologize for not including an immature insult in my post, it must be an unfamiliar concept to you.
Brock on roids- August 3, 2009 at 8:11 pm
blah the idiots on here. Don't you all get it??? Us "UFC Fan Boys" want this bad ass mofo to come to the UFC to knock the teeth outa this cocky lensar bastard. Aren't you all just partially annoyed with the fact that this WWF mo fracker is running the show over here. That is what we are mad about, all this trash talking is just anger over the fact that we gotta watch this horse rabbit punch to death all the competition. And please I ain't watching stike force's lame ass production with boxing commentators and all the other bs. UFC is the only guys out there who has figured out how to put on a show with out annoying the shit out of the audience. Okay so Mike is a little annoying but you gotta admit that shits funny sometimes.
Kadumel- August 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm
@bleve

Yes its elitism when you come on here and pretend to know more about MMA and MMA contracts than the "teenagers" on here. You dont know shit about MMA and you sure as the fuck dont know why Fedor signed on with StrikeoutForce, nor do you really know why he did not sign with the UFC other than the co-promotion thing.

Tell me how Rogers or Overeem is more dangerous than Carwin, Gonzaga, Dos Santos and Velasquez. And dont start your typical bullshit, skill for skill Carwin is better than Rogers and quite possibly better than Overeem.

By the way Overeem beat Cro Cop by kicking his nuts into his body, Gonzaga almost took his head off. And I dont care who beat who in what year moron, MMA math still does not work.
mmmiles9000- August 3, 2009 at 7:41 pm
Bleve, you talk too much.

Next time try to impose a limit to your responses to a single news article, you might not look like so much of a douche.
Frank Mur- August 3, 2009 at 7:32 pm
With Fedor now in Strikeforce, he can destroy Gina Carrano and you will ALL agree...he IS the best in the world! FINALLY!!!
bleve- August 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm
@kadumel:

I hope you don't get paid to think. Yes, the UFC has a point in not wanting to co-promote, as does M-1 and Fedor in asking for it and trying to grow their stock and future. The reason why someone, or a promotion would turn down money, which by the way no one on this board knows how much was offered, is because they are not short-sighted and thinking of their friggen business, not one fight with Lesnar. You didn't see the contract, so what the hell do you know about what was turned down?

Liddell beat Overeem in 2003, Overeem beat Crocop in 2008... you also know shit. Its not elitism, its having a fucken clue.

Bust up a UFC circle jerk and people get nasty.

tallkitchenbags- August 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm
an interesting move. i'm glad he moved to strikeforce. it makes dana white look like a cut-rate don king.
Kadumel- August 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm
And Chuck Liddell handled Overeem bleve, so fucking what! MMA math doesnt work moron.
Kadumel- August 3, 2009 at 5:39 pm
@bleve & Phelps

Will you two please take your gay fucking love affair back to Sherdog. Non one on here gives a shit what you two think, you type opinions that reek of elitism. And why dont you take an economics course and tell me why you would turn down more money for less or why as a successful MMA promotion why you would give M1 half of the profits when they bring basically nothing other than Fedor to the table, whom you still have to pay seperately.
bleve- August 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm
Chri534:

Hey dipshit, you called me out for being a fan of Pride, something that was never said or referenced.

You're simply blathering on about shit you're making up on the spot. You're the one injecting "these fans" against "those fans". I said it was about the fighters and looking at the business from different angles... and yes, mocking you UFC drones that can't come up with an original or intelligent point of view.

Fedor owns a big chunk of M-1, which everybody insists of leaving out of the conversation, so its a little more nuanced than "fans", or not taking a rumored amount of money. He's building his stock.

Overeem handled Crocop, who gave Fedor one of his toughest fights... you know shit.
Chri534.- August 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm
@bleve:

Sorry, let me make it more clear. My whole argument is that the way you see it it's mma fans vs. UFC fans. You are far more biased against the UFC than anyone here is biased for the UFC in terms of making arguments based on one's "favorite organization" (I use the term "anyone" loosely, because there are a fair share of idiots, as there are anywhere).

If your whole argument is purely against the way stories are presented on here by the Ben's, then take it up with them, write an email or something...or better yet, go fuck yourself and stop coming here.

And in my opinion, you're giving Overeem far too much credit.
Warcraft- August 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm
Fedor signing with Strikeforce seems like he wants mostly one thing or at least his handler do. To get into business with a already decent money making promotion and suck'em dry and when there are no other promotions to F.U.B.A.R. they will come to the UFC and cash the "Fedor Retirement plan".
I *hope* Strikeforce gains some traction and can get some tougher opponents. Co-promotion with M-1 so far has been a death wish for any company dumb enough to hand over half the shop and still pay Fedor&M-1Inc. unnecessary stacks of money.
bleve- August 3, 2009 at 3:37 pm
Chri534:

Wow, I've never had someone lay their whole argument on stuff that was never said. Who the hell is talking about Pride champ?

I just said it isn't about one's "favorite organization".

The way I see it is that if you're reporting on mma, at least cover it from a few different perspectives, or at least bother to quote the other side.

You and your fellow UFC drones just keep stating that Fedor wants to fight cans. He's already beaten two of the UFC's top ten, and there's not many others that pose a more serious threat that Overeem. Fedor owns a large chunk of M-1... so I might be talking on a more complicated, business and realist perspective than you're capable of understanding. And I'm most likely arguing with a teenager so why am I bothering.
Bare Grappler- August 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm
@Phelps ---- very funny....that must have took you all of two minutes to come up with. Btw have you recently watched "Milk" and got all charged up with this union shit you try to spread? If these guys need a union for making this kind of money per fight they are stupid. In sports you have sponsorships, clinics, gyms, and coaching to make money. If you don't like it, don't do it. Until your union crap tries to make mma like boxing, I will crack a beer every month and enjoy watching fights.
fuksyah- August 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm
No but we do.
Chri534.- August 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm
@bleve:

You really don't get it, do you? You are exactly what you think you hate. I've never blindly defended the UFC just because I'm a little fanboy that's new to the sport. I've been a fan of mma for a long time now but for some reason, you think if anyone says anything good about the UFC or it's fighters they're just a new, uneducated fan. You're nothing more than a fucking retard who still jacks off to old Pride events and takes it personal that your favorite organization is gone (and you probably hated the UFC back then because you thought Pride was so unbelievably superior); and the way you see it it's UFC fans vs. true mma fans...that is exactly why you have some truly misguided hatred towards any fan of the UFC.

And I've never even said anything remotely close to the idea that having more organizations is a bad thing.
Bovice- August 3, 2009 at 2:29 pm
Fedor vs. Rogers should be good.


Too bad Fedor is a fuckin' fat pussy and wouldn't tell his Jew manager to sign him to the UFC.
Komodo- August 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm
BOOOOOOOO!!!!!
HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!
Deadpanda- August 3, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Grats on mediocrity Fedor. I hope they aren't expecting me to buy a single Strikeforce ppv.

This whole thing is just a shit show full of Fail & Disappointment. At this point I don't care if Fedor takes out the entire Top 10 Heavyweight list at once in a death match with grizzly bears for 10 bucks. I'm waiting for internet highlights from now on.

I'm over Fedor.
bleve- August 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm
and Chri534 is a UFC ring girl without the salary.

Keep reading the forums, there's more and more people with my perspective.

You kids don't get it, its about the fighters, not your "favorite organization". Competition means more options and better treatment for the fighters you simple-minded twit.
mmmiles9000- August 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm
Yawn. Fedor will continue to fight semi-unrelevant HWs while dodging Lesnar, while UFC HWs learn the new lingo to deal with guys of Lesnar's size. In a year Lesnar will either clean out the UFC HW division, or so many guys will be out for his head that Fedor will be really irrelevant.

I'm a long time Fedor fan, but any fight he gets in Strikeforce is totally uninteresting to me. The few HWs in Strikeforce that are worth anything (Rogers, and.... uhhh... Overeem? Really?) are just sitting in a splinter organization wasting their time.

I don't begrudge a super fan who watches minor league baseball, but don't expect me to give a shit. It's pretty clear the UFC is going to dominate this sport, so the sooner everyone is under the same roof, and able to COMPETE with eachother, the better. MMA's growing pains should be over by now.

I'll still be excited if Fedor makes it to the UFC sometime in 2010, but until then... who cares? I don't want to see Fedor fight, I want to see Fedor fight REAL fights, not cans or freak show bullshit.
UncleSamsMisguidedChild- August 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm
I hope this has already been said if not here goes (I did not take the time to read throiugh all of the comments 1st)

If you guys think that Fedor being in Strikeforce isnt going to lure talent over your crazy. I know for a fact that as soon as Randys contract is up hes going to sprint over to Strikeforce to sign a fight with Fedor. I will again say what I said before how sweet would it be if the UFC and Strikefore/M1(haha) got together and did a unification card where all of the titles would be on the line. Just speculation probably never happen with M1 being in the mix but a boy can dream right.

Randy vs Fedor 2011 WAR FEDOR/RANDY.
Chri534.- August 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm
bleve is nothing but an upset Pride groupie who no longer has a home.
ArmFarmer- August 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm
"Both Rogers and Overeem are on your top 10 HW list. Fedor beating them would be a lot more respectable than Anderson Silva beating unranked middleweights Cote and Leites."

Yes, but it's not more respectable than Anderson decimating Rich Franklin twice by brutally outstriking him, submitting lutter (bjj world champ) from gaurd, schooling Nate Marquardt and finishing him off with gnp, choking out Dan Henderson, and THEN getting stuck with Cote and Leites because he's crushed everyone else in the division.. and toying with them out of pure boredom. Not to mention moving up in weight to take on a former lhw champ in his next fight.
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