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Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers Won’t Fight Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction: Trilogy

Brett RogersFabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers, Strikeforce heavyweight contenders mentioned as possible replacements for Josh Barnett, will not be fighting Fedor Emelianenko on August 1 at Affliction: Trilogy.

“It’s safe to say neither Fabricio or Brett will be fighting on Aug. 1,” Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz told MMAjunkie. “The plan is still for Fabricio to fight on Aug. 15, and we hope to have an opponent named soon. As for Brett, nothing is finalized, but he won’t be fighting on Aug. 1.”

Middleweight Vitor Belfort, who was scheduled to fight Jorge Santiago at “Trilogy,” remains the most-likely opponent for Fedor, with some reports stating that Belfort has already reached an agreement to replace Barnett, though an official announcement has yet to be made.

It appears likely that Strikeforce is working on booking Rogers to replace Alistair Overeem against Werdum at its August 15 event. Overeem withdrew from his scheduled fight with Werdum yesterday due to a lingering hand injury, and having Werdum and Rogers square off, possibly with an interim heavyweight title on the line, now makes sense.

[Pictured: Brett Rogers]

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