(Fourth time we’ve used this picture.)
One fight in to his Strikeforce career, Fedor has witnessed his other prominent stablemate, Gegard Mousasi, move on to greener pastures. Now, it seems that M-1 is an obstacle to Fedor fighting on CBS in April. Henderson/Shields and Mousasi/Mo are both for titles, and Walker (dammit) is coming back for one more. You’d think Coker would want to top it off with, oh I don’t know, his first heavyweight title fight in (as of this writing) 834 days. From Sherdog:
Fedor Emelianenko, the world’s No. 1-ranked heavyweight, will not appear on the April card. Emelianenko’s proposed bout with Fabricio Werdum has been pushed to May. However, multiple sources are indicating that the stoic Russian could be absent from both events as his management attempts to re-tool terms of Emelianenko’s existing contract with Strikeforce.
What more could M-1 want? Where are Fedor’s specific obligations to Strikeforce? Is the deal exclusive worldwide? Do they want MORE than 50% of the share? I’m not even going to entertain the notion that M-1 is ready to fuck SF by jumping to the UFC. Sure, they would. But I don’t think Zuffa is stupid enough to play their game. They’ll wait patiently, as this final competitor with the shortsightedness and resources to pay Fedor to duck the Unified Rules and the spotlight withers and dies, and pick up the pieces as they fall. Unless, of course, M-1 is ready to accept the absurdly ridiculous deal that Dana offered the first time (most money ever guaranteed/offered to a mixed martial artist, freedom to do sambo, M-1 patches on the shorts and banners in the cage). I’m not prepared to give them that much credit yet.
This was always going to end up badly for Strikeforce, but I always thought it would be a few fights in before it happened. Sorry, Scott.