Following a two fight loss streak in Strikeforce promotions, the former pound-for-pound king somberly considered retirement in his post-fight interview. Good news comes today from Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker as he verifies that Emelianenko will NOT be retiring and will be fulfilling his obligation to Strikeforce in mid-July. The challenger? Unknown as of now but it’s no secret that the CEO would love to see their big star back in the heavyweight tourney, as Coker hints at a fight close to tournament.

“Fedor’s gonna fight sometime in July. It’s probably toward the end of July or mid-July, but we have fights with Fedor that we’re gonna honor and continue forward. We’re gonna do the co-branding exercise that we do with M-1 every time we do fights with them. The opponent has not been chosen, but I think having Fedor involved close to the tournament as an alternate is definitely a possibility. You gotta perform. I think he did a good job against Silva, and that worked out the way he did, but he’s still a competitive fighter that can compete at the highest level on any given Saturday night. I think this next one’s gonna be very important. He’s gonna have to perform.”

Who would you like to see Fedor compete against? We were interested in a possible move down to light-heavyweight for ‘The Last Emperor‘ but Coker says it will likely be involving a tournament contender which sounds like a Shane Del Rosario match-up since he is the first in line alternate. There is also Arlovski whom they could have battle TUF style to return. If not them we still have Chad Griggs, Lavar Johnson close to the tourney. Any ideas yet?

Source: Sherdog