With negotiations between Strikeforce and the management of top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Ememianenko apparently settled, a long-rumored matchup between Emelianenko and fellow contender Fabricio Werdum is reportedly set to headline a June 26 Strikeforce event in San Jose, California as expected.
“From our side there are no issues. Fedor has already begun to prepare for a fight on June 26 in San Jose. We have agreed that the event will also include other fighters from M-1,” Vadim Finkelstein, Emelianenko’s manager and M-1 Global president, announced today.
The matchup was originally expected to headline Strikeforce’s return to CBS in April, but negotiations between the promotions dragged on and the bout was ultimately postponed until the June 26 Showtime-televised event.
Emelianenko (31-1) defeated Brett Rogers in November in his Strikeforce debut on CBS for his 27th-straight win, while Werdum (13-4-1) has won back-to-back Strikeforce fights over Mike Kyle and Antonio Silva after being cut by the UFC in 2008.
According to Finkelstein, one of the M-1 fighters expected to fight at the event is welterweight Magomed Shihshabekov.
Strikeforce has confirmed they’ll be making a “big announcement” today, which is expected to be official confirmation of the Emelianenko-Werdum bout.
Pictured: Fedor Emelianenko