Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said the promotion is considering a heavyweight championship bout between Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko next, despite Emelianenkoās recent defeat to Fabricio Werdum.
Werdum submitted Emelianenko with a 69-second choke triangle-armbar at Strikeforce/M-1 Global āFedor vs. Werdumā on June 26 in San Jose, Calif. It was the 33-year-old Emelianenkoās first loss in 29 fights and nearly 10 years.
Emelianenkoās M-1 Global management, which co-promotes select events with Strikeforce, has already requested the rematch with Werdum āright away,ā 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.
āMy feeling is maybe Fedor should fight Alistair Overeem and whoever wins that fight gets to fight Fabricio Werdum,ā Coker told the Sherdog Radio Networkās āBeatdownā show last week. āAlistair vs. Fedor? Iād love to see that fight happen.ā
Coker said negotiations to extend the agreement between the two entities for more co-produced events featuring Emelianenko are forthcoming.
āWe just saw Fedor fight Werdum. Iām not saying we couldnāt do the rematch first,ā said Coker. āIām just saying there are a couple of options on the table and the other option would be to fight Alistairā¦but until we sit down with M-1, these are all just the optionsā¦For me, the times have changed and itās going to be an interesting negotiation now.ā
As for the promotionās heavyweight champion Overeem, Coker quelled talk that the 31-year-old Dutch strikerās attention might be divided with his preliminary plans to enter a K-1 tournament this summer.
āI talked to Alistair and have really good contact with his management and they told me his priority is going to be fighting in America,ā said Coker. āIf he does want to enter the K-1 tournament, I have no problem with that. Weāll schedule around that because I know he has a personal goal that heād like to win that tournament.
āI think (Overeem) wants to fight Fabricio Werdum really bad and I think he wants to fight Fedor really bad,ā added Coker. āHe is our champion, so weāll put those fights together for him.ā