Well Fedor vs. Werdum 2 will have to be put on hiatus. Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum effectivelybeat Fedor Emelianenko and served “The Last Emperor” his first loss in June.
A rematch was expected to take place right away, but Werdum’s, management announced earlier today that the fighter is scheduled for elbow surgery August 18th, and will need at least six weeks of physical therapy before he can go back to training.
Earlier this week Scott Coker spoke with MMAJunkie.com and hinted at the fact that Werdum would need to go under the knife.
“The date (of Werdum’s next fight) is really to be determined because Fabricio is not going to fight until the beginning of next year, so he’s going to be sidelined for the next five months,” Coker said.
According to the official report, Werdum will be undergoing “diagnostic/operative arthroscopic debridement.” Which basically means, the surgery will remove fragments of bone from his left elbow.
Werdum stated that he’s put off the surgery for as long as he can, but looks forward to see how much better he can do once he’s 100%.
“You’ve seen what I can do when I’m hurt, imagine what I can do when I’m healthy. Either way, without the support of my family, friends, Scott Coker and Strikeforce, I couldn’t do anything.”
Fabricio is expected to be back competing sometime in early 2011.