When this week’s exciting news regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s future with Strikeforce broke, as expected, the legendary Russian was also announced has having signed a new contract with the organization he’ll be calling home for the foreseeable future.
While the terms of the deal were stated as being “multi-year”, it appears the label may be minimal in nature as Five Ounces of Pain has confirmed Emelianenko only agreed to extend his partnership with Strikeforce for an additional three fights on top of the one he was already inked for. If all goes smoothly for “The Last Emperor” in Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament the additional trio of bouts would be eliminated once again leaving him promotional champ and his status beyond a lone defense in limbo.
The number of total fights on Emelianenko’s deal was provided to Five Ounces by an official from M-1 Global, backing up earlier statements by Fedor’s manager in a report by Sherdog.
Emelianenko will return to action for his initial bid on the new deal this February 12 in East Rutherford, New Jersey against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the first round of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix. Joining them on the heavyweight-heavy card will be another quarterfinal encounter featuring a super-fight of sorts between former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski and PRIDE veteran Sergei Kharitonov. Reserve bouts between Shane Del Rosario and Lavar Johnson, as well as Valentijn Overeem and Ray Sefo, has also been linked to the event.