After weeks of speculation that something funky was going on behind the scenes between Strikeforce and M-1 Global to prevent Fedor Emelianenko from taking part in the upcoming April CBS event, it now appears that the two sides have renegotiated terms for a deal that will see “The Last Emperor” making his return to the cage for Strikeforce sometime in June or July.
“I think June, July is realistic (for Emelianenko’s return),” said Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global’s Director of Operations in a recent coversation with Sherdog.com. “It’s not 100 percent. Don’t take this as a fight announcement, but I think during the summer.
“We were renegotiating. I think we’re pretty much at the end of that road. After the CBS show, we thought that the terms needed a little bit tweaking — nothing major, just a little bit of tweaking. So, we had a round of negotiations with Strikeforce. Everything went positively. We’re pretty much at the end.”
The news puts any speculation of Fedor possibly returning on a May Strikeforce card to rest, while Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has also confirmed that it is possible that Fedor could headline a yet-to-be-announced June Strikeforce/M-1 Global event.
As it stands currently, Emelianenko is expected to face off with former PRIDE and UFC veteran Fabricio Werdum when he makes his return.