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*UPDATED* Strikeforce Locks Fedor in For at Least a Few More Fights

("I am ecstatic about new contract. I have not stopped smiling all week.")

Strikeforce moved one step closer this week to ensuring that its heavyweight tournament doesn’t implode and that Fedor Emelianenko *could* eventually fight heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.

According to a report by, "The Last Emperor" has signed a contract extension with the San Jose-based organization that will see the Russian fighter compete in the planned 2011 heavyweight tournament. Although terms of the agreement were not released, as per Strikeforce policy, the report indicates that sources close to the situation said that the deal is for four fights. The new deal will commence with a February 12 first round tournament bout with Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in New Jersey.

The question is whether or not it’s too little too late for Strikeforce to put together the most anticipated tilt in its promotional history between Emelianenko and Overeem.

It remains to be seen whether or not Overeem will re-sign with the promotion after completing his last two contracted bouts on his current deal, which could explain why he isn’t being included in the competition. Strikeforce has yet to name the prize for the three-round tournament, but it seems likely that they are preparing for the likely departure of "The Reem," who has stated that he would like to fight in the UFC some day so he can take a run at the promotion’s heavyweight strap.

At least we may still get to see Fedor fight Josh Barnett if CSAC stops using Chael Sonnen‘s dirty specimen cups to test The Babyfaced Assassin’s urine.

*UPDATE* MMAFighting reports that a first round bout between Overeem and Fabricio Werdum has been added to the tournament and that Sergei Kharitonov will likely sub in for Barnett against Arlovski February 12.

It seems that Scott Coker and company know that the end may be near for their love affair with "The Demolition Man," and they aren’t worried about eliminating one of the tournament favorites early. The move could backfire if Overeem beats Werdum and bows out of the tournament after winning his second round bout and fulfills his contract obligations.

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bigredscot- January 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Bob O'reilly said what I was thinking. Too much Fedor. And how is he not top 8 can crusher? If he wins the tournament if it even goes, he will probably avoid Reem or vice versa. Both are gigantic jokes and i loathe them!
twoleftfeet- January 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Rwilson you made me laugh till
I hurt
RwilsonR- January 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm
@ ghostboner - Good call. If there is a problem Irish whiskey doesn't solve, I haven't found it.
hooligun- January 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm
"You can probably tell from my expression that I have some majorly exciting good news to impart, No?"
ghostboner- January 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Wait, so we get to see Fedor fight!? In a tournament!?! Against credible opponents?!?!?!
*About to jizz in pants, thinks about Strikeforce track record & M-1 bullshit, opens bottles of adderall and lithium, dumps in mouff, washes down with bottle of Jameson*
ghostboner- January 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Photo: "Never. Never again I will trust Chinese laundry. Everyone know wool sweater is not for to put in dryer. Even asshole Chechens know this. It is good thing I still have the Daffy Duck for wearing to formal event and baseball game."
RwilsonR- January 4, 2011 at 10:52 am
Photo: "My iced cream drop from cone and fall to ground."
MyDonkeyPunch- January 4, 2011 at 10:42 am
In this photo, I think Fedor's realized that he is completely disappointed with his recent purchase of his Rushfit DVD. The 45 minutes of skin tight clothing will haunt him forever.
Videodrome_NOW- January 4, 2011 at 10:33 am
The Heavyweight tourney winner gets to move on to the UFC and the rest fight each other forever, or at least until the Strikeforce Ship goes down. I hope Barnett gets murdered by somebody.
jimbonics- January 4, 2011 at 10:32 am
Exactly what Videodrome said*.

* the first comment
Fried Taco- January 4, 2011 at 10:31 am
I always wondered if people pronounce M-1 as "em-won", or as "moan", like I do.
Videodrome_NOW- January 4, 2011 at 10:29 am
There is no faith here on my end that any of this will actually happen. Until you see all fighters show up in the Strikeforce cage, and even then, don't hold your fuckin breff.
cecils_pupils- January 4, 2011 at 10:27 am
@ Viva - Fedor's sad clown face is the direct result of a triangle by some guy with a Joker face.
RwilsonR- January 4, 2011 at 10:24 am
LOL @ viva!

@ MRuss - So SF is still offering co-promotional dealswith M-1? As pathetic as SF can be sometimes, I actually think they should be in the driver's seat for these negotiations. If they deny M-1 co-promotional deals, where is M-1 going to go? The UFC? Yeah right.

I really hope SF can make this whole HW tourney happen, and I will be the first to give them props if they do, but even when they "lock" Fedor into contracts it seems they still can't get him to fight with any frequency.
Viva Hate- January 4, 2011 at 10:04 am
Why does this pic remind me of a sad clown painting? Pretty sure it has to do with M1.
agentsmith- January 4, 2011 at 9:54 am
A certain priest in Russia will soon have a seriously sweet new gold cross.
LOKI- January 4, 2011 at 9:45 am
Jezuz! Look at that mug.

I envision a thought bubble with tweety birds around his head and Werdum running away with Both of Fedor's ice-cream cones.
Bob Reilly- January 4, 2011 at 9:43 am
I seriously lost interest in this man a long time ago. If reem doesn't start fighting in the UFC soon, the same will happen with him. Fighting cans in Japan with no drug testing is fine and all, but it gets boring quick.
Mike Russell- January 4, 2011 at 9:39 am
 Actually, it's with renegotiation prior to the first fight... M-1 is still trying to iron out broadcast and co-promotional details. 
Fried Taco- January 4, 2011 at 9:36 am
That's four fights, with renegotiation after the first fight.