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No Fedor at January Strikeforce Show, M-1 Killjoys Say

(Uh-oh, I think we’ve got a workout video on our hands. Somebody get Jay Glazer on the horn, STAT. PicProps:

If you looked at yesterday’s reports that a bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva was being considered for Strikeforce’s Jan. 29 show and thought to yourself, “Self, that seems awfully soon. Almost too soon,” well, you were right. We hate it when you’re right. Anyway, it turns out the aforementioned January date is “not on the table” for Fedor’s next yawn-worthy matchup in the Strikeforce cage, M-1 Global spokeshipster Evgeni Kogan said on Friday. As reported by MMA Junkie, Kogan wouldn’t elaborate further on the matter except to say that everybody involved has “been steadily working toward an agreement.”

The Junkie also notes that a couple months back M-1 boss Vadim Finkelstein said the rent-a-Fedor outfit was “negotiating primarily with Showtime to secure Emelianenko’s return.” Not to read too much into that, but it pretty much makes it sound like Strikeforce itself is the least important party in these talks. It also indicates that maybe Kogan wasn’t just blowing smoke recently when he said M-1 was trying leverage its own live fight events onto Showtime. If they can pull that off, well, I wonder if they could also speak to my mortgage lender.

It still seems like Bigfoot Silva is the odds-on favorite to face Fedor when M-1 gets around to putting him back in action and as soon as it gets through renegotiating a contract that from where we’re sitting still has one fight left on it. According to the Junkie, Fedor signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce in August of last year. So far he’s fought twice for the company, a win over the increasingly crappy-looking Brett Rogers last Nov. and a shocking loss to Fab Werdum in June. Our math is not the greatest, but that … let’s see here … yep, still one fight left.

Strikeforce’s people (who, to their credit, continue to act like they have a say) contend that it’s a possibility Fedor vs. Silva could be part of a rumored heavyweight tournament beginning in February. Frankly, we’re not even going to dignify that bullshit with a response, except to say anybody who has the naivety (or the sheer balls) to puts the words Fedor, Strikeforce, heavyweight and tournament together in the same paragraph ought to be punched in the face on general principle.

So, while everybody keeps saying we’re on the verge of seeing Emelianenko deign to grace us with presence sometime in the near future, we’ll go ahead and leave you with this increasingly vague string of quotes from all parties involved and let you decide for yourself:

"I think we’re moving in the right direction," Scott Coker says. "It sounds like it’s getting very close.”

"We are really hoping that we can finalize things as soon as possible …," says Kogan. "And I think we are closer to it now than we have been in the past."

“We feel fine about (the negotiations) in terms of Fedor’s career,” says Finkelstein. “Because we know at some point very soon, he’s going to have a fight."

"It all depends where these negotiations take us," Strikeforce spokesperson Mike Afromowitz says. No shit, really? Well, any time now, you guys …

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C-Bus Allstar- December 20, 2010 at 6:02 am
Fedor is *gasp* irrelevant.

I vote for a Cage Potato imposed Ban on all news items relating to said ex-champion. All in favor?
topdog- December 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm
@ smitty I think you should be clogged.....
RaginAsian- December 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm
I wouldn't mind all this bullshit if M1 bothered to have more than one fighter worth a damn in their stable.
Smitty- December 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm
Sorry guys. Just didn't want to be the only one that saw that shit. I will take my backlashing like a man.
Joe-Say Aldo- December 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm
I agree ccman. Fedor hasn't been in a relevant fight since he fought Cro Cop in 2005. His fights against Sylvia, Arlovski, and Rogers were definitely respectable, but they weren't steps up in competition for Fedor. If anything they were steps down. He should be fighting the best in the world. But Strikeforce can't even manage to get him into the cage against the only guy they have that anybody wants to see him fight, Alistair Overeem.

I think Fedor won't sign with the UFC or fight Overeem because he, and his horrible management team, believe he can make more money as an over-hyped, over-rated, nearly undefeated fighter who hardly ever fights, and never faces dangerous opponents anymore, than he can if he fights tough opponents in the UFC (Cain, JDS, Carwin, etc,) or Alistair who would probably beat his ass and take all that shine he enjoys away.

Lets just get real about this guy. He WAS great. Now he hardly ever fights, and when he does, it's against side-show freaks like Hong Man Choi, glass-jaw wash-ups like Arlovski, or average fighters like Sylvia and Rogers. He refuses to fight Overeem, and he won't ever fight the elite in the UFC. That makes him hardly worth talking about anymore. Unless your reminiscing on the good ol' Pride days.

The guy's a legend, no doubt, but he is unable, or unwilling, to give us (the fans) what we want anymore. And that sucks. And it makes me dislike him a little bit.
bcpjkell- December 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm
"How to Destroy a Legend" by Evgeni Kogan and Vadim Finkelstein
jimbonics- December 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm
What RSparrow said.
ccman- December 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Are there even wamma fights? Talk about make believe titles.. and even for the pleasure of killing coker I won't buy a strikeforce anything.

Fedor needs to retire or fight a real opponent, not just fight. I was a fan, now I'm embarrassed for anyone who still is.
RSparrow- December 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Shame on you for making everyone do a double-take on Fedors nuts. You fucking bastard.

*Funny tho
Goog- December 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm
Fedor's belt looks like that cake pan where you can make either Superman or Batman, depending how you ice it and which plastic face you use.
MonsterMaulingAss- December 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm
If SF falls, it will most likely be due to the overwhelming amount of broken promises made by the orginization

and an MMA militia group led by the most pissed off of mma fans will buy out all the tickets for a SF event, rush the cage and kill the announcers and scott coker.

They will then take the contracts of the remaining fighters and send them to other organizations that can actually put fights together, and all will be well.
The Fresh One- December 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm
SF should just put him where he obviously wants to be. On the shelf. Time to move on. Maybe that would force M1 do agree to terms.
Smitty- December 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm
I heard Russians had 4 balls, and I never would've believed it if I hadn't seen this picture. (No homo)
Spicymeatball- December 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm
I am just shocked at this news.