The Last Emperor, Fedor Emelianenko has finally scheduled his second contract fight with Strikeforce promotions against Fabricio Werdum. The event is scheduled to take place June 26 in San Jose, Calif. at the HP Pavilion arena.
The agreement comes after long negotiations between Strikeforce and M-1 Global, as M-1 felt that Emelianenko’s first bout agreement with Strikeforce did not live up to the contract agreement of being a co-promotion. Finkelchtein had this to say to MMAJunkie.com:
“When two organizations decide to work together on a project like this, it would figure that the brands of both of the companies involved in the project would be recognized equally in the project,” Finkelchtein said. “I think it’s fair enough to say that everyone who saw the Nov. 7 show essentially had no idea that it was a co-promotion between M-1 and Strikeforce. It looked like a Strikeforce show. The fact that we had our logo on the mat didn’t make us stand out at all from any of the other sponsors. The small logos that we had and the graphics that we had, they didn’t spell out co-promotion in the way that we had expected.
“In terms of the financial side of things, we invested money into the project, and it was a considerably larger amount of money than Strikeforce. All we want going forward is what was promised to us. We don’t want additional co-promotion. We don’t want additional branding. We don’t want additional money. We just want what was promised to us in the negotiations prior to this relationship being entered into. It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that, essentially, and nothing on top of what was promised.”
Now with these details resolved Emelianenko (31-1) can finally return to the cage after a eight month layoff after knocking out Brett Rogers in November. Eight of his last fights were all ended in impressive stoppages in the first or second round, and all against top heavyweight contenders.
Werdum (13-4-1) , is on a two win streak in Strikeforce with wins over Antionio Silva by unanimous decision, and Mike Kyle by first round guillotine choke. Prior to that Werdum holds win in the UFC over popular heavyweights Brandon Vera, and Gabriel Gonzaga.