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With Werdum Facing Surgery, Fedor May Legitimately Get the Next Shot at Overeem

(Don’t look in his eyes, Reem. That’s how he steals your soul.)

Well, Alistair Overeem, Scott Coker and M-1 Global’s collective prayers may have been answered.

According to a report from Super Lutas, Werdum may be out of action for the rest of the year due to an injury that will likely require surgery and rehab to remedy, likely clearing the way for an Alistair Overeem-Fedor Emelianenko Strikeforce heavyweight title fight later this year.

MMAMania has the English translation of the interview that was originally written in Portugese:

"Everything has changed for better for me. That was very important. I’ve gotten over 30 phone calls a day in my gym after the win, more students have come, the seminar value went up. It’s like at any other profession, a singer, soccer player, as you develop and get the spotlight the value changes. After the seminars I will undergo a surgery on my elbow that I have put off for some time. We’re in July and I only want to come back 100-percent recovered. I think it’s hard to make it back this year due the physical therapy, conditioning and all else. Then I might just get back next year." 

With Emelianenko’s last fight on his current deal with the U.S. organization looming, Strikeforce’s lack of apt heavyweight contenders and Overeem’s vocalized desire to face the Russian fighter, if Werdum does go under the knife, the fight is all but a done deal if Strikeforce and M-1 can come to reasonable terms to make it happen.

I can see them trying to play hardball with the co-promotion revenue for the bout that will no doubt anchor a pay-per-view, but considering Fedor lost his last fight, M-1′s power to negotiate has waned substantially. 


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snakey- July 16, 2010 at 5:12 am
This is a dream fight. Shame I don't want either to lose. It could only be a non-title fight which would free up the ability for Fedor to negotiate with the UFC with no title-holder lock in and mean Overeem can then defend against Werdum next up whatever happens.

Fedor has the most to lose. Overeem is experienced, skillful, and a beast. I would put him top 3 in the heavyweights and think he could roll through the UFC. Fedor loses and he negotiates an average deal with either org. Win and he negotiates a slightly better deal with either org.

Overeem wins and he can negotiate a great deal with the UFC, but it's whether they would let him do his part-time kickboxing. Lose and he's lost to the last emperor - no shame.

But I'm on Cage Potato - I should be bitchin about Strikeforce, sorry...
cecils_pupils- July 15, 2010 at 10:49 pm
@ballkick - answer is B
Nut Puncher 9000- July 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Title shots after a loss. Setting up Fedor to lose 2 in a row. Generally fucking things up like promoting the new guy over your champ, losing your undefeated(in SF) champ, suggesting a tourney to replace lost champ and after fans react positively to the idea, change your mind and set the title match. Allowing a post fight brawl on NATIONAL television without organizational discipline, and yadda yadda yadda, they were no longer in business.

Dick_Gozenya- July 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm
That picture of Fedor is in the running for creepiest photograph ever taken of a (allegedly) human being. He looks like a cross between Nosferatu, Mini-me, and Sinead O'Connor when she tore up the picture of the pope on TV.
mthomas- July 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm
Who else thinks that Coker hired somebody to break Werdum's arm, then paid him to keep quiet about it, JUST so that Fedor could fight Overeem?
CungwantsCookies- July 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm
cz, to this early point in the sport, thats probably true. its either got to be fedor or couture and im inclined to agree since couture was a lhw who bulked up to heavy and took advantage of an extraordinarily weak ufc hw roster.

i still say get some more history written before the fanboys and nuthuggers pantingly and prematurely ensconce fedor onto a pedestal next to jordan, gretzky, or ali.

topdog- July 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm
Fedor got overconfident and fell for Werdum's trickery. He would mop him in a rematch. Overeem was getting his HGH from Barry Bonds...haha
CZ- July 15, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Cung, I totally agree and next time I will make the distinction between current best heavyweight, and best heavyweight of all time. You are correct.
rite leg ospitahl- July 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm
in addition: i always tell a buddy of mine. if four queers get into a slap fight somebody will win but hes still queer...
rite leg ospitahl- July 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm
@cung wants cookies

very well put. still a force? yes. mythical creature of invincibility? no i would like to add though... i always hated the hype that was around shinya hot pants whats his name. i mean who did he beat? other asian? i will be forever thankful to melendez for showing the world that he was not all that. the only problem was now melendez thinks hes the best thing since sliced bread. with strike force looming out there it provides gray area for rankings. washed up ufc/pride guys that held a belt gets cut, goes to strike force destroys a few, then drops one to a young fresh guy. i call this getting old but people call it credibility. i mean back track a little bit, they would have had to lose the belt, lose to a few more guys, then be released. i mean i really havent bought into jake sheilds yet. whos he fought an old old dan henderson. hell he got rocked dan just decided not to condition for the fight. not that that all appplied to fedor i was just expressing my frustration with two mainstream entities and why it clouds whos really good and who really isnt.
Ballkick- July 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Who is responsible for this quote?

"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it."

A) (Gary) Jerry Millen
B) H.L. Mencken
C) Jamie Yeger
rite leg ospitahl- July 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm
why couldnt this have happened months ago and werdum fight the loser. what the hell man. strikeforce seems to keep us just barely hanging on , middle weight tournament, now this. if this falls through i give up on strikeforce and become just like all the other pussy that only watch ufc.
cecils_pupils- July 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Fedor vs. The (anal) Reem is the fight that everyone wanted anyway.

+1 for Mike Russell, methinks you are right.
Ballkick- July 15, 2010 at 2:43 pm
The magic date is Aug 03, 2010 that is a year to the day Fedor signed with SF,...not sure of the details. But the contract was for 1 year 3 fights.
So does he have to fight before that date?....or does SF get to extend that due to the third fight not having taken place yet?
Anyhow,....I am just happy Fedor and Overeem looks like a "GO"
CungwantsCookies- July 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm
guida is totally a gatekeeper in the ufc but he has a win over thompson and went five rounds with melendez. other than beerbohm and noons, what else does SF really have at 155. guida would have been a hell of a good investment for them.

compensating and grooming your prospects on their way up is precisely how you build top tier guys. unless youre the UFC, NY yankees, detroit red wings, or manchester united, you cant just go out and buy all the big names. you have to build your own til you can compete on the same level revenue-wise.

my opinion diverges significantly from yours on the fedor signing. fedor smashed the hell out of everyone back in the halcyon days but has been fighting shit opposition for five years. you dont get to stay the best fighter in the world unless youre fighting the best fighters in the world, CONSISTENTLY. that being said, hes a beast and 9 times out of 10 he destroys most other HWs in the world. i just havent bought into the invincible fedor myth thats been flying around since 2006 or so.
CZ- July 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm
Although you raise some valid points, I wouldnt really call Clay Guida a "top level guys" thats a HUGE stretch in my humble opinion, hes a fan favorite, but hes a gatekeeper and we both know it. I assume this means Im correct when I stated that Jake Shields was your only example. If Im not mistaken they also had Cain Velasquez on the pay roll at one point as well, but just because someone wins a few fights at the beginning of their career doesnt make them top tier guys. They secured the best fighter in the world, when the biggest worlds organization couldnt, definitely makes them smarter than you and I if you ask me. Theyve also been around for quite a few years at this point while countless other organizations have crumbled underneath the UFC. I dont know man, it seems like you need to give a bit more credit where its due. Appreciate the retort though, always a fan of intelligent discussion.
CungwantsCookies- July 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm
anyone else suspect werdum blew his acl cashing a bonus check a day or two ago?
Almost North- July 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

That something is stupidity and incompetence.
CungwantsCookies- July 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm
re-watch the vid of werdum and fedor. after the initial knockdown werdum transitioned for that triangle twice before he locked him down. it was pretty damn good stuff. hence "grappling school"

their gross overpayment of hendo and fedor combined with shitty ticket sales/tv revenue backs up my claim about their management being garbage. in addition to shields they once held the rights to clay guida. tell me they dont wish they still had him on the rolls.

i dont dispute that theyve put together some quality cards, i just wouldnt say its been due to any great management or matchmaking skills on their part.

it will be interesting to see if melendez and diaz follow shields to the ufc, although melendez appears to be negotiating a contract for life right now (kidding) they have some talent on the way up, its just going to be a matter of holding on to some of it so they dont bolt for the so called big leagues
BrutusBox- July 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm
this doesn't seem fishy to anyone else? why is this the first i've heard of this injury? how did the injury happen? was it when he slapped on that triangle? there is clearly something going on behind the scenes at strikeforce
Run Forest Run- July 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Coker is also expected to announce the next challenger in line to take on the winner of this heavyweight title fight, Tank Abbott. His impressive KO of Mike Bourke last February has helped Abbott virtually double his win total over the past 9 years.
CZ- July 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm
They overpaid the living shit out of fedor and hendo and with the monetary failure of their last few shows its pretty tough for them to sign new guys. Its not always about the most high profile fights. Sometimes its just about good fights, which I think SF has delivered. And the only top level guy that left is Jake Shields, I truly believe that is your only example, and with rising stars like Jacare, Mousassi, King Mo, and some seasoned vets like overeem, diaz, and dan henderson, I think youre completely wrong on this one. Furthermore I find it pretty difficult to say in a little over a minute that Werdum took Fedor to "grappling school" as I believe you put it. Werdum is one of the best BJJ practitioners on the planet, he locked one hold, hardly what I would call, "grappling school"
CungwantsCookies- July 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm
@cz if strikeforce is dealing with limited talent, then it is incumbent on them to sign some damn talent.

what's happening right now is due to their failure to secure top level guys, hang on to THEIR top level guys, and their inexplicable attempt to build up a big money fight with a built in audience by holding a match that no one really gave two shits about before werdum took fedor to grappling school.

will i be watching overeem and fedor? hell yeah. is strikeforce's management about as coordinated as a drunk monkey fucking a football in the trunk of a smart car? absolutely.
CZ- July 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm
I suppose you cant make some people happy. If Werdum is on the shelf, what would you CEO's in training rather happen? Maybe Overeem goes back to Japan for two years holding the belt captive? Fedor could maybe fight Abongo Humphrey? Possibly wait for Werdum to get healthy and try to build up fedor vs werdum two that no one gives a shit about, in like a year? Hes the best heavyweight on the planet. Its not an arguable point. It would be a great fight, just please get off the UFCs nuts for five seconds and really think about it. Strikeforce is doing their best with limited talent, and if you really enjoy MMA and not just the UFCs version, I think youd get that.
Art Gibs- July 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I totally agree. Strikefart's belt is worthless. If they put on the fight, you won't see me complaining. I'd love to watch Overeem destroy Fedor and see M-1 implode, along with Fedor's face when it meets Overeem's knee. Then I want Overeem to go to the UFC and destroy Carwin, then fight Lesnar in a HW fight for the ages.

Make it so.