M-1 Global officials apparently announced the change at an M-1 Selection Eastern European press conference Thursday. M-1 Global is Emelianenkoās management company. Strikeforce has not confirmed the change.
Yesterday Fighters.com reported that Strikeforce was considering Nashville for their April event, which has long been pegged to air on CBS. However, Emelianenkoās contract mandates his fights be aired on CBS. So, itās likely the April event will be moved to CBS cable affiliate Showtime.
Itās also now unclear whether the matchup between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion āDreamcatcherā Gegard Mousasi (24-2-1) and āKing Moā Muhammed Lawal (4-0) will occur in April or May. Mousasi has indicated heāll only fight when Emelianenko fights, but itās unclear whether thatās a contractual mandate or merely his desire.
The move of the Emelianenko-Werdum matchup to May also potentially allows Strikeforce heavyweight champion āDemolition Manā Alistair Overeem (29-10) to defend his title on the same card. Overeem had stated he couldnāt fight for Strikeforce until May.