Strikeforce: Fedor Emelianenko Versus Fabricio Werdum Moved to May
M-1 Global officials apparently announced the change at an M-1 Selection Eastern European press conference Thursday. M-1 Global is Emelianenkoâ€™s 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, Emelianenkoâ€™s contract mandates his fights be aired on CBS. So, itâ€™s likely the April event will be moved to CBS cable affiliate Showtime.
Itâ€™s also now unclear whether the matchup between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion â€śDreamcatcherâ€ť Gegard Mousasi (24-2-1) and â€śKing Moâ€ť Muhammed Lawal (4-0) will occur in April or May. Mousasi has indicated heâ€™ll only fight when Emelianenko fights, but itâ€™s unclear whether thatâ€™s a contractual mandate or merely his desire.
The move of the Emelianenko-Werdum matchup to May also potentially allows Strikeforce heavyweight champion â€śDemolition Manâ€ť Alistair Overeem (29-10) to defend his title on the same card. Overeem had stated he couldnâ€™t fight for Strikeforce until May.