Fedor Emelianenko is coming to the cage, it’s just not octagonal. According to a press release from Strikeforce, the former Pride FC and current WAMMA heavyweight champion has signed with the promotion and will appear on Showtime-televised cards co-promoted by M-1 Global.
Here are comments from the major players…
Scott Coker, STRIKEFORCE founder and CEO: “We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with M-1 Global and Fedor. Fedor has been the reigning king of MMA’s heavyweight division for quite some time now so being able to work with M-1 and Fedor will substantially increase the level of competition amongst the athletes in this weight class.”
Vadim Finkelchtein, President of M-1 Global: “I am very happy and excited about the upcoming collaboration with Strikeforce. We are very pleased that we found a reliable partner and I feel that Strikeforce and M-1 can support each other on many things. This will create big opportunities for both parties to test their fighters against worthy opponents.”
According to Ken Hershman, Senior VP and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports, Fedor’s first fight on the network will be this fall.
FIGHT! Fans: What do you think this mean for Fedor, Strikeforce, and MMA in general?