Fedor Emelianenko’s recently-announced deal with Strikeforce is an exclusive contract for three fights over one year, according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, who discussed the signing of Emelianenko and other Strikeforce topics yesterday on TapouT Radio and the Carmichael Dave Show.
“Although the deal with Strikeforce is an exclusive one, it’s far from a contract signed in blood as Fedor is currently contractually obligated to fight for Strikeforce for just one year,” said Coker. “Basically it’s three fights over the next year, and we’ll start in the Fall some time…The very first fight that Fedor fights will be on Showtime, and then the roll-out of television from there forward hasn’t been determined 100%, but his first fight will be on Showtime.”
According to Coker, Strikeforce is planning on having Emelianenko fight Brett Rogers, Fabricio Werdum, and champion Alistair Overeem, though Fedor is unlikely to immediately fight for the title and will instead build up to a fight with Overeem.
“[Fedor] and Alistair Overeem should be an amazing fight, and people that haven’t seen Alistair, you know, he’s an amazing fighter,” said Coker. “I think we should do a couple of fights and build that one up, and then let their champion fight our champion, and let’s see what happens. We’re hoping that Alistair will be ready to fight in the Fall, and we can put him on one of the cards with Fedor, and not fight against each other but fight against someone else, and let’s build that fight up.”
During the appearances, Coker also announced a “alliance” between Strikeforce and FEG, the Japan-based parent company of DREAM and K-1, that will see fighters from both promotions compete at future events.
Coker also confirmed that Jake Shields will fight for the interim Strikeforce middleweight title at an October event against an opponent to-be-announced with 185-pound title-holder Cung Le still out of action while pursuing an acting career. The October event could also host Emelianenko’s Strikeforce debut.
A press conference is being planned for Thursday to announce details on Fedor’s debut, including a date and opponent, as well as the official announcement of an alliance with FEG and other developments.
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