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How Will Strikeforce Push Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum?

(Werdum displays some riveting mic skills in this interview with Ariel Helwani.)

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told reporters at the post-fight press conference on Saturday night that Fedor Emelianenko’s next fight would most likely be against Fabricio Werdum on the April 2010 CBS show. As in, the same Werdum who recently won a lackluster decision over “Bigfoot” Silva, and got dropped from the UFC after getting dropped by a monster uppercut from Junior Dos Santos. In case you can’t tell, this isn’t the huge Fedor fight we were hoping Strikeforce would put together for their next CBS offering. With Alistair Overeem still MIA and a dearth of other heavyweights ready to step up to the big time, a guy on a two-fight win streak may really be the best they can do by April.

But if you thought it was tough to do a network TV promotional push with Brett Rogers doing all the work as the only fluent English-speaker in the main event, get ready for things to become even more difficult. Werdum doesn’t exactly speak the King’s English, and selling a fight between an inscrutable Russian and a fairly bland Brazilian to casual sports fans via a series of translators and facial expressions is no easy task. Maybe they can hype this thing through interpretive dance?

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casio cdp 100- October 5, 2011 at 12:37 pm
MMA Rocks!!!
UFC fan- December 30, 2009 at 10:11 pm
831 son is just angry cause his life boils down to him being a jock strap carrier, and the spit bucket guy at his gym...but being from cali, that's all a fag like him could hope for, so his anger is senseless, he is more than he should have ever been already. poor bastard.
Stash- December 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Fedor will just keep it standing and knock the shit out of the guy.
mondooh- December 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm
My boy Fabricio has work to put in, but he's no new butt to the game and will rise to the occasion and it will make for a good fight. On the feet the shoring up process has already begun, and honestly on the mat list the heavyweights that can match or surpass Fedors submission slickness, that's a short list and Werdum is on the top of it. I'm not picking a winner or nut hugging I like both fighters as a true MMA fan, I'm just saying this is a good fight and not a squash match. Like them or hate them Strikefarce is putting on good cards and helpin the sport grow. Strikeforce should try the angle of pitching this one to the spanish speaking audiences around the world, having Fabricio do, the guy speaks fluent Spanish.
Boa Suerte
Vai Cavalo!!!!
831 Son- December 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm
Yea and retards fuel the anger for even more fulfillment. Its a nice cycle to be honest. Probably doesn't help the blood pressure though.
BigCountrysCholesterol- December 21, 2009 at 12:48 pm
831, does all of your anger make your life more fulfilling?
831 Son- December 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm
Shut the fuck up One Two. Once again you just jock Strikeforce's nuts all god damn day. Why is it that you think the UFC is so scared of some of these fighters? All your talk about the UFC is dumb and 100% innacurate. You are a fucking moron and everything you say is fucking retarded. On the other posts you sounded like even a bigger moron than this one. Bigfoot aint shit by the way. Welterweights in the UFC would fuck him up. Stop with the whole "UFC is nothing" bullshit and everything else irrelevant you say. Fucking pussy, anything that has to do with Fedor you get all worked up and act like a idiotic loser.
steampunk22- December 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Bellator has some good fighters, too.
mthomas- December 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm
Honestly, out of all of the MMA promotions that aren't the UFC, the one that has impressed me the most is Bellator. They have built up their own stars, used viral marketing very efficiently and the tournament format keeps viewers tuning in week after week. I think that Strikeforce could learn a thing or two from them.
MIRJITSU- December 21, 2009 at 12:09 pm
Ariel Helwani in "Skinny Uncle Buck!".
MIRJITSU- December 21, 2009 at 12:05 pm
Anything is better than how they promoted Fedor vs The Grim by waiting until the last minute and hoping to draw millions by some TV airwave osmosis....but what can you expect from a bunch of CBS jackasses.
One Two- December 21, 2009 at 11:56 am
funny how fedor vs werdum is considered weak but BJ vs some talentless TUF bum who landed 8 punches in a five round fight is legit. Werdum is a bad ass with some of the best BJJ in the game, bigfoot is a tough opponent and Dos Santos caught him much like Serra caught GSP except Werdum was fat and didn't even train for Dos Santos. This fight will be awesome I'm looking forward to it.

The UFC dropped Werdum because they did't want him to beat there more marketable champs.
UFC fan- December 21, 2009 at 11:44 am
awesome a nobody and a wannabee.
(sings the death march)
What a great Christmas gift, the impending death of strikeFARCE.
Stay away from UFC fedor you destroy every fucking company you work for, you are a joke. please go back to Russia and die.
BigCountrysCholesterol- December 21, 2009 at 11:41 am
BAH I say. Build the brand, Scott! If that means putting #1 contenders on the back burner to establish a foothold, then do so. A failed promotion gains nothing from high-integrity matchups. I say strip that dutch roidhead of his belt and have a multi-event tournament. Put in the Strikeforce heavyweights that we already know: Fedor, Rogers, Werdum. Get Barnett and Arlovski in the mix. Get Moneyweight Mo to jump up a class. Heck, get Big Tim's ass in there for the hell of it. Throw in Lashley and you have an 8 man tournament. Right now building fighter names and getting strong numbers is the way to go.
robthom- December 21, 2009 at 11:30 am
Lol @ steampunk!
robthom- December 21, 2009 at 11:28 am
Good fight IMO.
It'll be the only Fedor fight that I've looked forward to for the last few years, and probably the last one on the horizon.

I might even throw some money in the air on Verdum.
YesSir47- December 21, 2009 at 11:16 am
Oh Eddi how devilishly clever you are!
steampunk22- December 21, 2009 at 11:03 am
You know Helwani may be pushing for some kind of Guiness record for most Plaid Shirts Owned by A Person of Middle Eastern Descent. I mean, he probably clinched it with two, but you can't blame the guy for wanting a comfortable lead. ;P

I guess this is all Strikeforce can offer right now. What sort of ridiculous betting lines do you think we're gonna see on THIS one?
El Famous Burrito- December 21, 2009 at 11:02 am
Strikeforce: Fedor Stomps Another Guy Not In His League
knucklesamitch- December 21, 2009 at 10:58 am
Seriously, what kind of organization is Coker running at have a heavyweight champ who won the title over 2 years ago, has NEVER defended it, hell, he hasn't even stepped back into a Strikeforce cage. Meanwhile he continues to fight in Japan, so I don't want to hear any injury BS from that horse eating POS. Strip this MF'er already and let's see Fedor/ANYONE for the vacant title.
ihateemo- December 21, 2009 at 10:56 am
"Watch ADCC champ Fabricio Werdum get knocked out. Again."
Smitty- December 21, 2009 at 10:53 am
mthomas- December 21, 2009 at 10:47 am
Wow, somebody really needs to buy Ariel Helwani a couple new shirts for interviews. Did he get that from his old man's closet or what?
Eddi- December 21, 2009 at 10:46 am
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