Fabricio Werdum vs. Fedor Emelianenko: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said the promotion is considering a heavyweight championship bout between Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko next, despite Emelianenko’s recent defeat to Fabricio Werdum.

Werdum submitted Emelianenko with a 69-second choke triangle-armbar at Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Werdum” on June 26 in San Jose, Calif. It was the 33-year-old Emelianenko’s first loss in 29 fights and nearly 10 years.

Emelianenko’s M-1 Global management, which co-promotes select events with Strikeforce, has already requested the rematch with Werdum “right away,” according to Coker. Under the current contract, Emelianenko will return to the U.S., at least one more time to compete under the Strikeforce/M-1 Global banner.

“My feeling is maybe Fedor should fight Alistair Overeem and whoever wins that fight gets to fight Fabricio Werdum,” Coker told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show last week. “Alistair vs. Fedor? I’d love to see that fight happen.”

Coker said negotiations to extend the agreement between the two entities for more co-produced events featuring Emelianenko are forthcoming.

“We just saw Fedor fight Werdum. I’m not saying we couldn’t do the rematch first,” said Coker. “I’m just saying there are a couple of options on the table and the other option would be to fight Alistair…but until we sit down with M-1, these are all just the options…For me, the times have changed and it’s going to be an interesting negotiation now.”

As for the promotion’s heavyweight champion Overeem, Coker quelled talk that the 31-year-old Dutch striker’s attention might be divided with his preliminary plans to enter a K-1 tournament this summer.

“I talked to Alistair and have really good contact with his management and they told me his priority is going to be fighting in America,” said Coker. “If he does want to enter the K-1 tournament, I have no problem with that. We’ll schedule around that because I know he has a personal goal that he’d like to win that tournament.

“I think (Overeem) wants to fight Fabricio Werdum really bad and I think he wants to fight Fedor really bad,” added Coker. “He is our champion, so we’ll put those fights together for him.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Women's MMA Report: Tate earns UFC title shot, awaits Rousey-Correia winner

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

Former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate earned another shot at the UFC women’s bantamweight title with an impressive victory at UFC on FOX 16. Get that and the latest women’s MMA news inside. Filed u read news >>

UFC 190's 'Feijao' Cavalcante: 'In Strikeforce, I was known as the wrestler killer'

  • 27 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC light heavyweight Rafael Cavalcante should’ve experienced deja vu preparing for his upcoming fight against Pat Cummins at Saturday’s UFC 190. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Photo: Former foes 'Cyborg' Justino and Gina Carano reunited again

  • 26 days ago
  • 609 views

Six years after their historic Strikeforce title fight, Cristiane Justino and Gina Carano reunited for a photo opportunity.Filed under: News read news >>

Former UFC lightweight Josh Thomson expected to join Bellator MMA

  • 16 days ago
  • 11 views

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson is expected to sign with Bellator MMA after the UFC declined to give him a new contract. Less than two years ago, former Strikefroce LW champion J read news >>

Former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson signs with Bellator MMA

  • 16 days ago
  • 4 views

Former Strikeforce lightweight champ and seven-time UFC veteran Josh Thomson is the latest addition to the Bellator MMA roster.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Josh Thomson excited to sign 'fighter-friendly contract' with Bellator MMA

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 views

Former Strikeforce champion and ex-UFC lightweight Josh Thomson has officially signed with Bellator MMA. Check out what he has to say about his new home, which reunites him with Scott Coker. Bellator read news >>

Video: Watch UFC 192's Daniel Cormier pulverize Bigfoot Silva in Strikeforce

  • 12 days ago
  • 183 views

Former Strikeforce Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has parlayed his successes in the now-defunct mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion into an outstanding -- but bumpy -- Ultimate Fighting Champions read news >>

UFC Full Fight Flashback: Daniel Cormier Knocks Out ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in Strikeforce

  • 10 days ago
  • 242 views

In the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals, former EliteXC heavyweight champ Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva was set to scrap with Daniel Cormier who was undefeated at the time. read news >>

Josh Thomson vs. Mike Bronzoulis added to 'Bellator 142: Dynamite'

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

Former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson has been booked for his first post-UFC fight.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Josh Thomson to make Bellator debut at Dynamite September 19

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

News on the Bellator debut of former UFC fighter and Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson. Josh Thomson's Bellator debut has been officially announced. The former Strikeforce champion and UFC veteran wi read news >>