Rumours have been rife of recent weeks when it was announced Fedor Emelianenko would not be comepeting at Strikeforce ‘Nashville live on CBS’ on April 17th. With the depature of Gegard Mousasi, from M-1 Globals ranks, and Dana White’s recent comments saying he will sign Fedor, many believed ‘The Last Emperor’s’ tenue with Strikeforce was done and he could be heading Brock Lesnars way. As it turns out, M-1 Global (Fedor’s managment company, who he has a part ownership stake in) were not happy at the way their company was presented to fans and media during their first co-promoted event with Strikeforce last November. Agreements have now been reached by both Strikeforce and M-1 Global to ensure better brand recognition for M-1 during their next co-promoted event which could take place as early as June. Fedor is still scheduled to fight Fabricio Werdum for what should be a No.1 Contender’s shot at Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Champion Alistair Ubereem, sorry I mean Overeem. That of course lead’s to more demands from M-1. Should Fedor be successful against Werdum, and Overeem have no troubles with Brett Rogers, Then the two will be on course to meet for the yet to be defended Heavyweight Title. Overeem has been absent from U.S soil since winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title in 2007 against Paul Buentello. Since that time he has also put on around 50 pounds of muscle, and has been competing for Dream and K-1 in Japan (where there is no athletic commision or drug testing.) M-1 are now demanding that should a fight between Fedor and Ubereem take place, stringent drug testing must be enforced prior to the event to ensure no steroid cycling.
While it’s debatable if the Dutch powerhouse has been on a large diet of steroids the past few years, he certainly has put on a huge amount of muscle, and has looked increasingly impressive in his recent Dream and K-1 fights. While it is without question Fedor Emelianenko is the No.1 Heavyweight in the world, in order to keep that status he needs to keep fighting top level competition, a goal it seems M-1 does not want him to do. Fedor is their most valuble commidity and a loss on his record could seriously damage his image and marketability. He has two fights left on his contract with Strikeforce, predictably against Werdum and Overeem. Overeem presents Fedor’s most dangerous fight in years, and M-1 Global are clearly nervous of ‘The Dutch ‘Demolition Man’, and it’s unlikely the two will ever meet. Fedor could do well and follow Gegard Mousasi’s footsteps and leave M-1 behind, opening up the door to the UFC, the top heavweights in the world, and the perfect place to finish off his legacy!
Note: While Gegard Mousasi and M-1 parted ways due to Mousasi not being offered a contract similar to Fedor’s, he has recently been training with Georges St-Pierre, and once his fight contract expires with Strikeforce, the door to UFC will most definatly be open to him.