With Fabricio Werdum and Fedor Emelianenko likely sidelined until early next year, Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem is expected to fight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in October, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently announced The MMA Hour.
“Fabricio (Werdum) will not be available until the beginning of next year, so I’m not sure who he’ll be fighting next because of the time he’ll be taking off,” Coker said. “Hopefully we’ll have (Alistair) Overeem back in the cage in October. Against who, we don’t know. It might be ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, but the heavyweight division hasn’t been determined and we’re still having ongoing dialogue with M-1. That should flesh out pretty soon and once we come to a deal with them on when [Fedor Emelianenko] will fight, who he’ll fight, and with Fabricio out, I think the rest of the division will kind of unfold itself before the end of the year. I don’t think [Emelianenko vs. Overeem] will happen this year.”
The October event, which could air on CBS, will also feature a one-night middleweight tournament with four or eight fighters, likely including welterweight champ Nick Diaz vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Coker also said women’s champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will likely return in December or January, Gina Carano will soon begin talks on her return, including a possible rematch with “Cyborg”, and Strikeforce is considering signing former professional wrestler Dave Batista with plans on him eventually fighting Bobby Lashley.
Pictured: Alistair Overeem