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Scott Coker says Overeem, Kharitonov, Bigfoot possible for Fedor next, but not Werdum

Scott Coker

While Fedor Emelianenko has made his desire to rematch Fabricio Werdum quite clear, it may be a rematch that will have to wait if Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has his way.

“They’re pushing for Fabricio Werdum, and I just don’t know if that fight makes a whole lot of sense next,” Coker said in a recent conversation with USA Today. “As we start negotiating the date and who he’s fighting, I’m sure that we have a lot to work through.”

Emelianenko curently has one fight left on his contract with Strikeforce. A contract Coker would likely enjoy seeing extended.

“Whether it’s Overeem or whether it’s Kharitonov or whether it’s ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, or anybody that we put Fedor in the ring next to … I think we’d rather see another fight before he fights Fabricio, instead of getting a rematch,” said Coker. “Bigfoot Silva and Fedor, that would be another great fight.”

No announcement has been made in regards to the next move for Emelianenko, Werdum, Overeem, Kharitonov or ‘Bigfoot’ Silva at this point but it looks likely that they will be facing one another, one way or the other.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    hmmm, i wonder which one out of those 3 he will actually fight? sad.

  • MickeyC says:

    Coker is using the rematch to help with Fedors new contract. Smart. If fedors wins the rematch hype will be huge. If he loses Coker will get a better deal. I do not see him fighting Overeem next.

  • Dufresne says:

    Using his next fight to help try and secure a new contract is a smart move, if it works. But if Fedor does decide to retire after this current contract expires as he’s hinted at a few times, it could backfire big time.

    Out of those three fighters, the only one that really makes sense for Fedor right now is Bigfoot Silva. Both Fedor and Silva have recently beaten AA and both have recently lost to Werdum.

    There is absolutely no reason to give Fedor a title shot coming off a loss unless SF somehow managed to cram a “championship clause” into his current contract.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Just like there was no reason giving Brett a title shot against Overeem after he got KOed by Fedor.

  • MickeyC says:

    it will b silva. He is not getting a title shot or a rematch till he has been secured for another 3 fight deal. They are the only leverage coker has. I do not see him losing to silva but one never knows. If he does loose his next his stock is really gona drop.

  • TerribleT says:

    Coker might be smart for using a Werdum rematch as leverage to sign Fedor to a new contract but it’s a dangerous game he’s playing bcuz there was only 1 fight that STRIKEFORCE had that would’ve been PPV worthy and that was Overeem/Fedor but now that Fedor lost it’s lost a lot of it’s appeal. The quickest way to get everything back into place for this blockbuster fight would be Fedor winning a one-sided rematch against Werdum. If Werdum were to win again then Fedor’s not gonna be bringing in the big bucks anymore anyway. If Coker isn’t smart enough to see that a redeemed Fedor vs Overeem is what STRIKEFORCE needs to spread it’s wings then he’ll be lucky to even keep the promotion afloat much less ever make it into the big time,the PPV business.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    watch it will be Overeem

  • gy614x says:

    Fedor will easily beat any of those 3, and no im not a fanboy, i said it from the beginning, strikeforce has nothing to offer fedor in terms of a challenging opponent….yes he lost to Werdum but that was a simple mistake, shit happens. if they fought 100 times fedor would win 99 times easily.

    I know he wont sign with the UFC but damn that is where he would really get tested…..

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Who cares at this point? He will fight who ever M-1 thinks he has the best shot to beat. He will fight 3 or 4 more times MAX and retire with Strikeforce.

    He doesn’t want any part of what the UFC has to offer. I would like to see him fight Overeem but, he might lose so I think that is off the table.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    ” He will fight who ever M-1 thinks he has the best shot to beat”

    I think M1 and Fedor want a rematch with Werdum. Is that the person who is “easiest shot to beat” or are you just another Fedor hater trying to put him down at every turn?.. All you guys who say Fedor ducks people have no back up for your argument because he has never ducked a fighter in his life. And yeah he doesn’t want a UFC exclusive contract but has tried to face the UFC champ before. I wonder why, did he think he couldn’t lose?.
    Should read Mad_Hater.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Fuck Coker
    Fuck Showtime producers
    Fuck CBS Producers
    Fuck SF
    Fuck Fedor
    Fuck M-1
    Fuck ’emm all.

    I can’t even imagine these idiots in a boardroom trying to figure out what’s next…scary.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    hey i can say i want to fight someone “KNOWING” that it will never happen logic. it happens all the time. look at mayweather not wanting to fight pacman

  • Jayhak1 says:

    I hope this is the beginning of the end for Strikeforce.

    Every show they put on, from the overdone lighting to the horrendous commentating, is painful to watch.

  • stone says:

    Fedor deserves an instant re-match! I think that SF is actually dis-respecting one of MMA’s kings! If anyone deserves a instant re-match its FEDOR!

  • mu_shin says:

    Past trying to apply some kind of logic to the news coming out of Strikeforce.

    Have to agree with Dufresne, how do you give Fedor a match with the champion Overeem coming off of a loss? I’m a huge Fedor fan, and think he will re-establish his dominance when he gets back in the ring. I also think his style is taylor-made for destroying Overeem, and I don’t see Big Foot Silva as being a great threat.

    Looking past all the business conjecture and how Scott Coker is trying to manipulate Emelianenko to secure a future contract, I think the rematch with Werdum is the path to a legitimate
    Strikeforce title challenge. Werdum proved his place in the division with a win over the uncrowned champion, and not only does Fedor deserve the rematch, Werdum is deserving of his opportunity to prove it was not a fluke.


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