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Fedor Emelianenko looking to extend relationship with Strikeforce

When Fedor Emelianenko tapped out to Fabricio Werdum’s triangle-armbar hybrid last June fans were left wondering how “The Last Emperor” would react to the first legitimate loss of his thirty-three fight career. Though specific terms of his original deal with Strikeforce were never officially confirmed, it was widely speculated Emelianenko was only obligated to the organization for one more bout and was considering a return to Japan or even retirement once the contract expired.

The stoic Russian recently spoke about his future plans for the first time during a press conference to promote an American M-1 Global tournament, mentioning his interest in maintaining his partnership with Strikeforce while also dismissing the possibility of inking a deal with the UFC.

“For now (we) M-1 Global works with Strikeforce and we are concentrating on that – the contract is not over yet. So for now we don’t have any interest in the UFC,” said Emelianenko. “So far I feel very comfortable fighting…very good with my fighting…and I’m planning of fighting as long as I can physically. As far and I’m concerned we should discuss the possibility of signing another contract for 4-6 fights.”

Emelianenko is 31-2 as a professional with sixteen submissions and eight TKOs to his credit. His recent loss to Werdum broke an incredible 27-fight win streak including impressive wins over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, and Mark Coleman.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “…discuss the possibility of signing another contract for 4-6 fights…”

    Good Luck finding that many QUALITY fights in SF fedor…

    If I was Coker I would set up the Overeem fight and if Fedor wins then extend his contract… if he loses let his stock go down and let him go see who else is willing to pay him big bucks, when him and m-1 come crawling back just low ball him and carry on. Grow a set of balls Coker don’t let these guys make you believe you need them more than they need you…

  • Sykotick says:

    Alright, of that fight contract gets signed them I have lost all faith in Fedor as the Baddest Man on The Planet. Who is he going to fogjt in Stikeforce that’s worthy of being in the cage with him? Bigfoot? Overeem?(I personally think he would hand Fedor another loss) Lol how about Lashley? Jokes aside, he needs to start testing himself because of he doesn’t then complacency sets in and he is going to get seriously shocked (ala Werdum).

  • Rece Rock says:

    I agree that Overeem will most likely beat Fedor at this stage of the game.

  • MCM says:

    I’m OK with Fedor staying in Strikeforce. Bigfoot is a good test for him, so is Overeem. Guys like Del Rosario, and Cormier are coming up, and I wouldn’t mind seeing a rematch with Rogers either. The truth is with guys like Carwin, Lesnar, JDS, and Cain in the UFC, I don’t think Fedor can stay top 5 there.
    Give him Bigfoot as his last fight on this contract, then renegotiate. Rece is right, Fedor needs Strikefoce more than Strikeforce needs Fedor. It’s not like M-1 and the UFC are suddenly gonna buddy up, so it’s Strikeforce or Japanese freak shows.

  • JBAR says:

    Seems like a play to lock in the big money before he runs the risk of it being gone. If he was to lose his last fight of the contract his purse per fight would go down a lot for a new contract and the leverage for co-promotion would also be diminished. 1 loss could be a fluke but lose 2 in a row and suddenly you are looked upon as a fighter with diminishing skills who’s days of bringing in the big money are limited.

  • dpk says:

    I honestly think Fedor would go 2 and out in UFC. His fights would be against Carwin, Velasquez, and maybe Lesnar, and I don’t think he beats those guys at this point. So signing with strikeforce where he can dictate the terms and who he fights is a good move for him, but not any of the fans who still want to see him in the deepest HW division ever.

    Strikeforce has a few matches that are interesting, Bigfoot, Overeem, Werdum, but I don’t think they can count on the up and coming guys to be there in 12-24 months to challenge Fedor. SF has already proved unable to find fights for Cormier, and had to move him off of events, I think when his contract is up he will at least be listening to other offers i.e. UFC, Bellator. Del Rosario is also going to be in line for a nice contract offer from UFC assuming he wins his next fight or two and it becomes contract negotiation time. But I guess Lashley will still be around, but we’ll see how serious he is about fighting as we go on.

  • Niv says:

    What’s new here, an article on Fedor and everybody dumping on him.

    Well 1 actual loss in a career and it’s done he’s washed up.

    The fight between Brock and Carwin alone should’ve proved to anyone that Fedor is still the best regardless of his loss.

    I guess the Spider is no good anymore as well after this last weekend.

    Fedor won’t sign with the UFC because he can stand on his own period. He should be respected for that but isn’t, that’s just the world we live in.

    I think Overeem is as good as any HW in the UFC and maybe one day we’ll see him there but there are challenges where he is still.

    Anyhow whatever Fedor does I wish him luck, the best mma fighter of all time certainly deserves more respect than the average keyboard warrior is willing to give.

  • Sykotick says:

    Niv. I can’t speak for everyone but I know that I for one am not “dumping on Fedor”. I just feel that while he most certainly is the best heavyweight EVER, to be the best, you have to fight the best and let’s face it, wether you like it or not, out of the top 5 heavys out there, 3 or 4 of em are in the UFC (Lesnar, Velasquez, Dos Santos, and depending on your opinion, I personally think he isn’t cuz of his loss, Carwin). Mix em however you want, that’s the top. Now, while Werdum beat Fedor I don’t consider him tops nor is Overeem and those 3 dudes are the cream of the crop of Strikeforce, so you can’t hate on people when they express their frustrations with him when he refuses to fight the best to fight the rest

  • Niv says:

    Sykotick I respect your opinion and I think out of the guys you mentioned JDS is in my books the best of the bunch. Having said that I think for the most part we’re still talking about a talented yet relatively green crop of fighters.

    I look at guys like Werdum and Overeem, I see battle tested and very experienced talented fighters. Both fighters fit directly in the mix and could challenge anyone in the UFC. I know everyone will point to JDS ko’ing him, and that is a legitimate loss, however two things of note judging by Werdum’s flabby physique entering the octagon he obviously took the previously unknown JDS lightly and paid for it. Number two is that is the only time in Werdum’s career that he’s been stopped.

    We can nit pick that JDS couldn’t put away Big Country when Arlovski ko’d him, but I hate these comparisons as styles always play a role as to how things turn out.

    Regardless Fedor doesn’t need the UFC and why would he go when he gets treated like shit by Dana White on a regular basis(public bashing)? He can stand on his own and not have anyone run him as they please, he’s done enough to attract ownership to a promotion(unique in this sport).

    I too would love to see him fight these UFC fighters but anyhow he’s still fighting top competition I think the jury is still out if the UFC fighters are better at HW than the top guys in SF.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    What a bunch of closed minds we have. Sykotick if the UFC was to let any of it’s top HW’s out to fight Fedor or any fighter not signed to a UFC contract you would have a point but as it stands Fedor tried to fight Randy but the UFC used legal means to stop it and Emelianenko has also released press statements asking Dana to let him fight the UFC champion. He wants to fight them but wont sign and the UFC doesn’t want to let him fight unless he does, So do the math and tell me who is to blame. Rece how about Werdum, Big Foot, Overeem, Del Rosario, Kharitonov and throw in an up and comer and perhaps a Barnett. I know those guys are not in the UFC so you guys will never be satisfied but I think you might have to put up with it until the UFC co-promotes (yeah right) or Fedor signs with the guy that said he sux and has insulted him and M1 over and over (yeah right).
    I did think that Fedor would struggle against Lesnar too MCM but after seeing what Carwin did I would now have Fedor as Fav. As for JDS and Cain I don’t know, it would be interesting I hope the UFC will allow them to fight Fedor so we can find out 8)

    Niv don’t bother. Some people obviously struggle with logic and reason. They see things one way and find it too difficult to see both sides. Whether it is deliberate or unintentional is a mystery.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Sorry that came out a little harsher than I intended.
    I understand peoples frustration but I just think that you fail to see both parties are responsible and aim all of your frustration at Fedor. Another problem is the assumption that the UFC HW’s are the best. If you could show me how you came to that conclusion and give me some evidence please, because to say that they are better just cuz they are doesn’t cut it.

  • booboo2280 says:

    I swear some of you are Fedor apologists. Pointing to the Carwin v Lesner fight as somehow bad for Lesner. Lets get this straight. Lesner hadn’t fought in 1 1/2 years and still beat the guy everyone was saying would knock out anyone he hit. Well, Carwin HIT lesner and Lesner didn’t go out. Fact is Lesner pulled a moved that the greatest boxer of all time pulled, its called the rope a dope. He let Carwin punch himself out. Fedor is a great fighter but would get smoked today by the top 4 heavyweights in the UFC.

  • Niv says:

    MMA-LOGIC I agree this is just one topic that facts seem to either be avoided or skewed. The blame is only on Fedor and the UFC gets a free pass constantly even though they have co-promoted in the past when they weren’t the top promotion. Funny how when the shoe is on the other foot they’re not into that.

    booboo I have to say that I gave Brock credit for pulling out his win, but I was one of those that thought Carwin was going to be a gimme and stated to everyone I was wrong. However the fetal position being mistaken for the Ali rope a dope is a huge stretch here and both fighters in their battle showed quite a few chinks in their armour to say the least. You really can’t be serious when you say Lesnar just let Carwin punch him as a strategy? He had no clue what else to do and Carwin showed little signs of composure when he had Lesnar down and almost out.

    To say that Fedor would get smoked by the top UFC HW’s is a little out there in my opinion as Fedor would most likely beat any of them, but as Werdum proved anyone can be beaten on any given night it is mma after all.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “Rece how about Werdum, Big Foot, Overeem, Del Rosario, Kharitonov and throw in an up and comer and perhaps a Barnett. “- MMA LOGIC


    Werdum= Out until January… Clean cut win over Fedor is there a need for a rematch really?- Nah but it’s a legit fight soo why not….I guess to make all the Fedor faithful happy.

    Josh Barnet = On the Dream Roster… Japan. (I can still take all the supplements I want, yay!)- but sure why not let them fight if he can get sanctioned and pass a drug test in North America…I guess there’s still some interest from the last time these guys were supposed to fight in Affliction…

    Del Rosario= If he beats AA I guess this could be a Good Fight, I agree… he’s a dangerous striker but he’s green and hasn’t been tested against the upper crust of the division.

    Big Foot= Lost to Werdum … but ok…it’s a legit match up, still a gimme “W” for Fedor…

    Kharitonov = Lost to Monson last time out,… but ok if you want to give Fedor more “W”‘s…

    I’ll go a bit further…

    Lashley…. Umm really but I guess it may make some $$?

    Cormier= Great Wrestler still green… only has 3 fights under his belt …

    Overeem= The champ wants Fedor… M-1 doesn’t want the Champ… but I think this is the fight that needs to happen next.

    I’m not saying there’s no fights I’m saying theres NO CHALLENGERS…

  • Rece Rock says:

    To everyone who blames the UFC in any way shape or form about Fedor not being on the roster you have got to be kidding……….

    Fedor brings not even a quarter of what Brock, or for that matter even GSP brings to the table…

    1. High profile / main stream exposure to to the promotion via commercial appeal and fan base.
    2. Tremendous PPV buyrates and merchandise income.
    3. Cross over exposure from the main stream media and other outlets……

    I could go on and on…BUT the point is Fedor doesn’t bring anything other than his skillset to the table WHICH IS FINE but then he and M-1 can’t be serious when asking for things that Fighters FAR MORE valuable than him are not getting or are not ever going to get… And after his loss and all the fiasco of the contract/ co promtion issues prior to the fight who would want to do business with him and his Team? Fedor and M-1 are there own worst enemies and if you want to use UFC as an excuse as to why Fedor is not fighting top competition then go right ahead but you should also take into consideration ALL THE LOGISTICS not just the basics.


    Fedor = great fighter
    Brock = great asset

    M-1= Businessmen

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Without saying who is #1 or #2 or whatever the UFC HW division would provide more marquee matchups than Strikeforce could offer for Fedor.

    Strikeforce has Overeem and maybe Bigfoot but, that is really a big maybe. I doubt we will see Fedor in UFC due to M-1. In fact what exactly does M-1 do? Are they like a team of fighters or a gym that all train and have a central agency leach off other promotions? Is Fedor their only fighter and M-1 is just a way to hijack more money? Why would the UFC want to give up extra money over what they are paying their fighters to co-promote? Really at this point same with Strikeforce. While not as well known as UFC strikeforce is making a name for themselves with their CBS deal.

    I think Fedor should goto the UFC to fight Carwin,Lesnar etc but, he seems content to get a bigger cut to fight lesser fighters and not truly challenge himself anymore. I am not knocking him for taking the easy road but, as a fan it isn’t as exciting or interesting.

  • MCM says:

    first off, I don’t think Fedor is washed up after one loss. Fedor is exactly where he should be. He lost to a top 10 fight IMO and there no’s shame in it. But it does show where a little of where he is at in the game now. Werdum is the first real top 10 fighter that Fedor has fought in years (maybe AA, I know people are gonna say that Sylvia and Rogers were top ten, but Sylvia was tops by default and Rogers…well let’s be honest, top 25 at best.)
    I personally think that Fedor would loose to the top guys in the UFC. I also think Werdum would loose to the top guys in the UFC. I think Fedor is perfectly suited for where he’s at. You guys have all named off plenty of fighters that can give him competitive fights.

    As to the business side of the argument,
    M-1 is completely at fault here. I know some of you don’t want to hear it, but it’s on record what the UFC offered to get Fedor and it is more than any other fighter on there roster, plus the ability to promote M-1 global on UFC PPV’s. M-1 turned it down because they couldn’t get half the profits of the UFC events. This is like going to Vegas with a friend and making him pay for the Flight, Hotel, and Food and then saying he owes you half his Winnings. I’m not saying this is Fedor’s fault since as far as I know, Dana and Fedor have still never spoken to each other.

    on a side note: Does anyone know how popular Fedor was in the US before his battle with the Randy and the UFC? I knew plenty of guys that liked MMA but didn’t see many PRIDE events and didn’t know who Fedor was until Randy started making a stink. Just wondering if the UFC inadvertently promoted Fedor in the US without knowing it.

  • Dachman says:

    Let me start with I love Fedor and am just not sure where he ranks in the HW division. The reason I am not sure is because most of the fighters he beat over the years were either inferior or from an earlier evolution in the sport. I really don’t think with today’s fighters in Prude back in the day he would have gone undefeated. With that said he still may be the best fighter in the world. Guys like Randleman, Coleman, Barnett would not be champs today
    Even in their prime.

  • Niv says:

    Rece some good points but you fall short right in the logistics department.

    Along with the points you made the single most important point was left out, the champions clause.

    Fedor as a businessman and fighter cannot afford to have the UFC own him. As you correctly said Fedor brings skill sets to the table and it’s precisely those skill sets that make the UFC reluctant to play ball with Fedor’s team.

    In a way you almost acknowledge that the UFC doesn’t always have the single best fighter as you admit Brock is a great asset while Fedor is a great fighter. Nowhere does that statement back up what others are wrongly portraying as the UFC is only about the best competition, James Toney vs Couture is a great example here.

    Fedor has never shyed away from any fight as MMA-LOGIC correctly stated before and the unknown amount of money the UFC offered Fedor still has nothing to do with the champions clause. The UFC hangs onto that nugget tighter than any other bargaining chip and is without a doubt the biggest reason why we’ll never see Fedor in the UFC.

  • JBAR says:

    Fedor is not washed up by any means but you have to look at it from a business point of view. You can spin the last loss as a fluke but if he were to lose the next fight he would lose a significant amount of his marketability. Not to hard core fans or those of us who go back 15+ years in the sport but to the casual fan, who make up the majority of PPV buys, he would be viewed as a fighter on a 2 fight losing streak that is not that well known. That is not going to bring in big PPV buys thus Fedor will not have the leverage to get a big contract.
    On a side note, the only reason Fedor is not in the UFC is the UFC refuses to co-promote and M1 insists on it.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Everybody Got some good points up there…As far as fedor not ducking any fights… Pretty sure overeem has said on more than one occasion that he wanted fedor and also said it was on fedor and his team that the match has never happened…Fedor doesn’t duck the competition because there is no competition to duck?!? That’s fine because fedor is doing what’s best for fedor… But don’t try n tell me this guy continues to strive for greatness cause that’s not the case…


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