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Fedor vs. Werdum official for Strikeforce on June 26

SAN JOSE, Calif. (May 4, 2010) – After months of anticipation, the world’s No. 1 heavyweight and pound-for-pound Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (31-1), will make his eagerly awaited return to the cage to face two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and top-ranked superstar Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (13-4) in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 GLOBAL co-promoted event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, June 26, live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

The Fedor-Werdum match will headline an event which will feature up to five televised fights on SHOWTIME and several non-televised undercard bouts that will be announced in the coming weeks.

A special pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity for the event will take place for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter subscribers (http://strikeforce.com/insider.html) from 10 a.m. PT Monday, May 10, until 10 p.m. PT on Thursday, May 13. Insiders will receive an e-newsletter with the pre-sale code.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT on Friday, May 14, at the HP Pavilion box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) as well as www.strikeforce.com. For more information, please also visit www.M-1GLOBAL.com.

For M-1 GLOBAL’s Fedor, it is a means of gaining revenge three and a half years after the 32-year-old Werdum defeated Fedor’s brother Aleksander Emelianenko, via submission (arm triangle choke) in the first round (3:24) of a bout in Rotterdam, Holland, on Nov. 12, 2006.

The M-1 GLOBAL superstar is simply referred to as “Fedor” by millions of fans around the world. He stands at 6-foot, 235-pounds and hails from Stary Oskol, Russia. He has become the most dominant MMA fighter of all-time since he began his professional career 10 years ago.

Fedor is one of the founders of M-1 GLOBAL and has competed for the organization since its inception more than two years ago. The 33-year-old has faced and defeated nearly every other rival superstar and champion of this era, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Andrei Arlovski and Mark “The Hammer” Coleman.

A master of the Russian military combat system, Sambo, Fedor made his live, primetime network television (CBS) debut in his last start on Nov. 7, 2009, when he faced unbeaten rising star Brett “The Grim” Rogers in a STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global co-promoted event. After a difficult first round in which he sustained a cut and began bleeding profusely, the Russian suddenly turned the tide in the second round, sending Rogers to the canvas with a right hand and finishing him with a series of punches.

While the fight world still regards him as undefeated, Fedor actually has one official loss on his record, the result of a doctor stoppage due to a cut he sustained seconds into a matchup with Japan’s Tsuyoshi Kosaka on Dec. 22, 2000. Fedor avenged the TKO loss with his own first round TKO of Kosaka at a PRIDE Fighting Championships event in Japan on April 3, 2005.

Since joining the ranks of STRIKEFORCE, the 6-foot-4, 240 pound Werdum, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and member of Brazil’s vaunted Chute Boxe fight squad, has notched a pair of impressive victories, the first of which came on Aug. 15, 2009 when he quickly submitted Mike “Mak” Kyle with a guillotine choke in the first round (1:24) at HP Pavilion. The following Nov. 7, Werdum battled his way to a close unanimous decision victory over Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in a live CBS primetime televised matchup.

During an eight-year tenure in MMA, Werdum has conquered a number of other superstars, including reigning STRIKEFORCE World Heavyweight Champion, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem; and UFC stars Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon “The Truth” Vera.

25 COMMENTS
  • cere says:

    I wonder which nut Coker handed over to Finkelchtein.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Could be a pretty good ground fight, If Fedor doesnt ko Werdum we might see a seriously good Sambo vs Brazillian Jiu Jitsu match.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    so if Werdum were to lose does he get a title shot??

  • twyg says:

    Since when did Werdum become a top ranked superstar? I mean come on did you just copy the press release word for word? Anyway Fedor wins easily. By the way if Fedor has fought for M-1 for years; why isn’t he the M-1 heavywieght champ?

  • Niv says:

    Could be a pretty good ground fight, If Fedor doesnt ko Werdum we might see a seriously good Sambo vs Brazillian Jiu Jitsu match.  (Quote)

    I completely agree with you. Werdum gets ko’d early by a then unknow JDS and now everyone does the usual he’s no good. Let’s completely discount the fact that he’s considered one of the most decorated HW’s in BJJ, he’s beaten Gabriel Gonzaga twice, Alister Overeem, Brandon Vera, Big Foot Silva and the very tough Aleksander Emelianenko in his career.

    Should he lose to Fedor, for FKN sure but that’s how I feel about every single fighter they throw at him.

  • Dominance says:

    Werdum is plenty good…but he’s gonna get lit up by Fedor. As always, Fedor by whatever he chooses!

  • Jstew3785 says:

    so if Werdum were to lose does he get a title shot??  (Quote)

    That seriously made me laugh out loud. That was awesome

  • Rece Rock says:

    I guess M-1 gets to plaster the place with M-1 logos and what not… for a company that’s supposedly already “global” they sure are worried about branding…

  • Guthookd says:

    Man, I hate showtime. Damn them.

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  • blue says:

    This is a great opportunity for the UFC to also schedule a live event for November 7th. Competition is good a thing my friends.

  • cere says:

    I guess M-1 gets to plaster the place with M-1 logos and what not… for a company that’s supposedly already “global” they sure are worried about branding…  

    Their logos will be more prominent and I think you will see Showtime put more emphasis on M1 when mentioning the event name.

    I think it was also mentioned that there will be more M1 fighters on the card. Because that exactly what Strikeforce needs to succeed. A card headlined by Fedor but otherwise stacked with a bunch of half rate, unknown fighters who signed with M1 with the promise to ride on Fedor’s train.

    So, StrikeForce’s future is riding on this event, but the event itself will be an M1 co-branded fiasco that just happens to have Fedor. Great plan guys. Did Coker have his eyes closed when he signed with M1 for co-promotion?

  • Rece Rock says:

    I heard there might be a NASA space launch that day……..

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Their logos will be more prominent and I think you will see Showtime put more emphasis on M1 when mentioning the event name.
    I think it was also mentioned that there will be more M1 fighters on the card. Because that exactly what Strikeforce needs to succeed. A card headlined by Fedor but otherwise stacked with a bunch of half rate, unknown fighters who signed with M1 with the promise to ride on Fedor’s train.
    So, StrikeForce’s future is riding on this event, but the event itself will be an M1 co-branded fiasco that just happens to have Fedor. Great plan guys. Did Coker have his eyes closed when he signed with M1 for co-promotion?  

    wait SF future is riding on a non title fight with the supposed best HW in the world, and the last guy he beat is in the fight he suppose to be in???

  • gsueagle says:

    If this fight was in the UFC people would say that this is the biggest fight of the year but because it is in Strikeforce people say that this fight is a joke. I don’t understand the hate. I am a FIGHT fan and to me this is a good fight worth watching.

  • twyg says:

    Wrong gsueagle, I would be asking why the hell is Fedor not fighting Brock. No one in their right mind would call this the biggest fight of the year. I am looking forward to it because I look forward to all of Fedors fights. Does anyone think that Bellator gives into all of Fedors demands after SF is dead, or does he go to the UFC?

  • This M-1 co-promotion is nonsense. I can see why Dana hates on them. Other than Fedor, they don’t bring much to the table AND Fedor is again fighting somebody irrelevant to him. Fighting Fedor seems to be better than a title shot these days. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • mmat says:

    hey gsueagle, if you have been an mma fan for a week that is the opinion you would have. SF is horse sh*t. Mad HW title picture when the world best HW is fighting a chump that the UFC cut and rogers being given a title shot coming off a loss?? wtf, thats what i thought. no matter which organisation you support, how could you come to that conclusion…

  • slammy862 says:

    Rogers, Arlovski, Sylvia, Choi, Lindland(middleweight) and now Werdum…WTF?

    No question Fedor knows his limits and stays in the shallow end.

    This reminds me alot of Royce Gracie and how his family tried to hold onto his unbeatable legend, until finally he gets cornered and beaten to a pulp.

    I have been a lifelong Fedor fan, but this is getting soo old…and obvious and he isn’t getting any younger.

    Maybe he is just holding out for the big moment where he steps in and challenges a UFC heavyweight. I truly hope so, but I think it’s obvious he just doesn’t have the size or strength to challenge these boys. He’s not stupid.

    I still think Fedor vs Anderson Silva would be the greatest fight ever. I think Silva would actually look bigger than him in the cage.

  • Good one to M1 and strikeforce. I don’t care about this fight. Next!

  • moosebaby02 says:

    If this fight was in the UFC people would say that this is the biggest fight of the year but because it is in Strikeforce people say that this fight is a joke. I don’t understand the hate.I am a FIGHT fan and to me this is a good fight worth watching.  

    im not saying this fight is a joke. Fedor should be fighting juice head. nuff said. dont care under who’s banner it’s under.

  • cere says:

    wait SF future is riding on a non title fight with the supposed best HW in the world, and the last guy he beat is in the fight he suppose to be in???  

    Yes, StrikeForce’s future is riding on this, regardless of it being a title fight. CBS gives two shits about titles from SF. They want Fedor. But because M1 wanted to dick around, he isn’t on CBS. M1 gets everything the want (increased exposure, M1 fighters on a real event, etc). The result for SF was no Fedor on the last CBS card, which hurt them immeasurably. StrikeForce’s future, in terms on their CBS contract hinges on them putting asses in the seats. No Fedor on CBS, no asses in the seats. Fedor on Showtime helps Showtime, helps M1 (though not as much as being on CBS) and hurts Strikeforce. The fight fans get to see a mediocre card with mediocre M1 fighters in order to also see Fedor finally fight.

    Rogers vs. Overeem will be as low a draw as Henderson vs. Shields. It doesn’t help StrikeForce stay on CBS. If and when CBS pulls the plug, Strikeforce is in trouble. They are now massively over-extended if they don’t have CBS. They lose CBS, I’d would bet money that M1 has a clause that they can pull Fedor from SF.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Yes, StrikeForce’s future is riding on this, regardless of it being a title fight. CBS gives two shits about titles from SF. They want Fedor. But because M1 wanted to dick around, he isn’t on CBS. M1 gets everything the want (increased exposure, M1 fighters on a real event, etc). The result for SF was no Fedor on the last CBS card, which hurt them immeasurably. StrikeForce’s future, in terms on their CBS contract hinges on them putting asses in the seats. No Fedor on CBS, no asses in the seats. Fedor on Showtime helps Showtime, helps M1 (thoughnot as much as being on CBS) and hurts Strikeforce. The fight fans get to see a mediocre card with mediocre M1 fighters in order to also see Fedor finally fight.Rogers vs. Overeem will be as low a draw as Henderson vs. Shields. It doesn’t help StrikeForce stay on CBS. If and when CBS pulls the plug, Strikeforce is in trouble. They are now massively over-extended if they don’t have CBS. They lose CBS, I’d would bet money that M1 has a clause that they can pull Fedor from SF.  

    ah point taken

  • fanoftna33 says:

    i wonder what rounf Fedor is going to break his hand in this fight?

  • mu_shin says:

    Thanks to Moosebaby for the laugh out loud moment of the day…

    Slammy, Royce got cornered and beaten by the changes in the rules of the game, which took away a lot of the tactical advantages of BJJ as applied to MMA. Better sport for modern television the way it is today, but when Royce was submitting guys that outweighed him by 60-80 pounds, it was some pretty tough stuff.

    Fedor/Werdum is a decent fight, but pretty obviously NOT the fight most knowledgeable fans want to see. Glad to at least see Fedor in the ring, but like so many others, just wish he would fight up to his potential and his legend.

  • blue says:

    Slammy, Royce got cornered and beaten by the changes in the rules of the game, which took away a lot of the tactical advantages of BJJ as applied to MMA. Better sport for modern television the way it is today, but when Royce was submitting guys that outweighed him by 60-80 pounds, it was some pretty tough stuff.

    Royce did not get cornered and beaten by the changes in the rules of the game. What made the Gracies so strong is they studied other forms of fighting to build their style (such as submissions from catch-wrestling) and exploited the weaknesses of others (avoiding the striking-range of strikers) and called it BJJ.

    The Gracie’s dominated in large part because fighting styles did not previously cross train because there was no platform to showcase it. Thus the Gracie’s created one called the UFC. What happen was the rest of the World could not study BJJ and the Gracie’s and exploit their weaknesses much like the Gracie’s exploited the weaknesses of other fighting styles in the 90s.

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