Fedor Emelianenko | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com


The contract renegotiation between Strikeforce and Fedor Emelianenko/M-1 Global concluded this week with a four-fight agreement, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker believes the Russian heavyweight will be with his promotion for more than four bouts.

“I think that the four fights is part of the new deal, but I think we still have a fight on the old deal too. I don’t want to get into how many fights we have with him, but I believe it’s more than four fights in total,” Coker said Wednesday on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “It’s multi-fights, multi-year, and I think that for the next two years, he’s going to be fighting for Strikeforce in conjunction with Showtime. These fights have to be co-promotions with M-1. I think that M-1 did a good job negotiating their deal, so we’re going to be partners for a long time.”

Fedor fights Antonio Silva in the first round of Strikeforce’s eight-man heavyweight tournament Feb. 12 in East Rutherford, N.J.

“Even if Fedor wins the tournament, he’s still going to have some more fights to go defend the belt,” Coker said. “We have a long time and a long history with options after and everything.”

In fact, Coker said Fedor requested a spot in the tournament, which could match him against three top 10-caliber heavyweights in 2011.

“I think [the tournament] was something that actually he wanted to do,” Coker said. “I got the call saying, ‘Hey, we want Fedor in the tournament.’ Guys, let me tell you, I’m a fan still. I’ve seen him for the last 10 years. Let’s face it: Anytime a guy like Fedor enters the cage … it’s a special occasion. To have him in our tournament, I was just excited and so happy.”

Coker also explained that Fedor’s signing led to a quick launch of the tournament. Not long after news broke of his new deal, matchups were set and announced for the eight-man field with Fedor fighting next month.

“Fedor signed and we had to go,” Coker said. “Now we’re fighting on [Feb. 12]. Fedor wants to fight now. He doesn’t want to wait. Fedor wants to get it on, so we’re going to get it on.”

Coker isn’t worried the tournament will be interrupted by another contract renegotiation either.

“I feel confident that the way the contract’s structured is solid, and no one’s going anywhere,” he said. “If anybody’s going to renegotiate, it’s going to be Coker. I’m joking, I’m joking. It’s all good. Everybody’s happy now. Let’s just keep it that way.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 54:18) with Coker, who discussed the tournament in-depth.

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

Related News

Bethe Correia inks new eight-fight contract with the UFC

  • 16 days ago
  • 0 views

Title challenger Bethe Correia has renewed her contract with the UFC and shared the news with her followers on Instagram. It seems Bethe Correia has no reason to worry about her future. As the women' read news >>

Bethe Correia signs new 8-fight deal with the UFC

  • 17 days ago
  • 4 views

Bethe Correia inked a new contract with the UFC ahead of the biggest fight of her MMA career. The undefeated bantamweight fighter, who takes on UFC 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in Rio d read news >>

Overeem calls Werdum an 'MMA master’ but believes he can ‘expose his weaknesses’

  • 18 days ago
  • 52 views

Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem believes he can beat Fabricio Werdum in a trilogy fight. read news >>

Gastelum Back On Track, Stops Marquardt

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

Kelvin Gastelum pounded on Nate Marquardt for two rounds before the former Strikeforce champ couldn't come out of his corner for the third to capture the win on the UFC 188 main card. read news >>

Dana White Shuts Down Kelvin Gastelum's Welterweight Return

  • 20 days ago
  • 17 views

Kelvin Gastelum was impressive at UFC 188, roughing up former UFC title contender and former Strikeforce champ Nate Marquardt. Unfortunately, while he was hoping that the fight with Marquardt would b read news >>

Video: Watch UFC 188 headliner Fabricio Werdum's impressive UFC return

  • 21 days ago
  • 12 views

After a loss to Alistair Overeem in his final Strikeforce fight, Fabricio Werdum needed a good performance in his return to the UFC back in 2012. Mission accomplished.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Gilbert Melendez on Reebok deal: 'It's a bummer to see'

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez is one of the fighters who will really be left out in the cold by the UFC's new Reebok deal and he's not terribly pleased about it. Even before the tiers wer read news >>

Bellator 138: Bobby Lashley Predicting Early Knockout Win over James Thompson

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

In 2009, Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley was something of an oddity. An unknown commodity fighting for a promotion that, similarly, was trying to figure out its own identity. One part legitimat read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 results recap: Dan Henderson proves he's 'not quite done yet'

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson dipped into the fountain of youth this past Saturday night (June 6, 2015) in order to knock out Tim Boetsch in the main event of UFC Fight Nig read news >>

Video: Dan Henderson plans to finish UFC contract, not considering retirement

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Dan Henderson may be getting long in the tooth, but the mixed martial arts (MMA) legend plans to show he still has bite in the main event of UFC Fight Night 68 tonight (June 6, 2015) inside Smoothie read news >>