It appears as though Fedor Emelianenko will likely be forced to the sidelines for the next four to six months due to a series of injuries sustained in his recent second round TKO over Brett Rogers on this past Saturday’s Strikeforce card that aired live on CBS.
According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker in a conversation with the L.A. Times, Fedor suffered a fracture and tendon damage in his left thumb, along with a fractured nose in the Rogers clash.
“[The hand injury] could’ve been from that blow when he had Brett on the mat at the end,” Coker said. “We’re hearing he could be out for four to six months.”
According to the recent report, Coker is planning to use Fedor’s time off to help promote current Strikeforce heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem, who is currently the front runner to face off with Emelianenko upon his return to the cage.
As of right now Overeem is expected to headline a Strikeforce card in early 2010 which will air on Showtime, the question is: Who will Alistair face in the tune-up bout? Will it be Brett Rogers or Fabricio Werdum? Is there a “safe” tune-up bout for Overeem in Strikeforce?