Coker: M-1 Requests Werdum Rematch, Fedor-Overeem Possible Next
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said the promotion is considering a heavyweight championship bout between Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko next, despite Emelianenkoâ€™s recent defeat to Fabricio Werdum.
Werdum submitted Emelianenko with a 69-second choke triangle-armbar at Strikeforce/M-1 Global â€śFedor vs. Werdumâ€ť on June 26 in San Jose, Calif. It was the 33-year-old Emelianenkoâ€™s first loss in 29 fights and nearly 10 years.
Emelianenkoâ€™s M-1 Global management, which co-promotes select events with Strikeforce, has already requested the rematch with Werdum â€śright away,â€ť according to Coker. Under the current contract, Emelianenko will return to the U.S., at least one more time to compete under the Strikeforce/M-1 Global banner.
â€śMy feeling is maybe Fedor should fight Alistair Overeem and whoever wins that fight gets to fight Fabricio Werdum,â€ť Coker told the Sherdog Radio Networkâ€™s â€śBeatdownâ€ť show last week. â€śAlistair vs. Fedor? Iâ€™d love to see that fight happen.â€ť
Coker said negotiations to extend the agreement between the two entities for more co-produced events featuring Emelianenko are forthcoming.
â€śWe just saw Fedor fight Werdum. Iâ€™m not saying we couldnâ€™t do the rematch first,â€ť said Coker. â€śIâ€™m just saying there are a couple of options on the table and the other option would be to fight Alistairâ€¦but until we sit down with M-1, these are all just the optionsâ€¦For me, the times have changed and itâ€™s going to be an interesting negotiation now.â€ť
As for the promotionâ€™s heavyweight champion Overeem, Coker quelled talk that the 31-year-old Dutch strikerâ€™s attention might be divided with his preliminary plans to enter a K-1 tournament this summer.
â€śI talked to Alistair and have really good contact with his management and they told me his priority is going to be fighting in America,â€ť said Coker. â€śIf he does want to enter the K-1 tournament, I have no problem with that. Weâ€™ll schedule around that because I know he has a personal goal that heâ€™d like to win that tournament.
â€śI think (Overeem) wants to fight Fabricio Werdum really bad and I think he wants to fight Fedor really bad,â€ť added Coker. â€śHe is our champion, so weâ€™ll put those fights together for him.â€ť