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Fedor Emelianenko Returns in June to Strikeforce vs. Fabricio Werdum

Fedor EmelianenkoFedor Emelianenko will return to action in Strikeforce in June against long-rumored opponent Fabricio Werdum, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced on Monday following DREAM 13 in Japan.

“Fedor is now scheduled to fight in June towards the end of the month in America against Fabricio Werdum,” Coker said, according to MMA Weekly.

Emelianenko (32-1), regarded as the world’s top heavyweight, hasn’t fought since scoring a second-round TKO of Brett Rogers in November in his Strikeforce debut, which headlined the promotion’s first-ever event on CBS. “The Last Emperor” was expected to fight Werdum on Strikeforce’s upcoming return to CBS on April 17, but the matchup was delayed as he and his M-1 Global management tweaked their deal with the organization.

Werdum (13-4-1) was released by the UFC in 2008 following an upset loss to Junior dos Santos, but has rebounded with back-to-back Strikeforce victories over Mike Kyle in August and Antonio Silva in November.

Additional details, including a location for the bout, were not revealed, but it appears likely the fight would air live on Showtime, though there’s a possibility it could headline another event on CBS, which would likely hinge on the success of the April 17 event.

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