Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Sherdog Saturday in San Jose, āI think Fedor will fight [in April on CBS]. Looks like heāll fight Fabricio Werdum.ā
Fighters.com Heavyweight Champion āLast Emperorā Fedor Emelianenko (31-1) and ninth-ranked āVai Cavaloā Fabricio Werdum (12-4-1) have been on a collision course since both won impressively on the original M-1 Global and Strikeforce collaboration on CBS in Chicago November 7.
But, Coker warned, āNothing is signed. We havenāt gone through that process yet. But, Fabricio, I think, is a natural because he fought Giant Silva on CBS. Iād like to see that fight.ā
The matchup leaves Strikeforce heavyweight champion āDemolition Manā Alistair Overeem (29-10) will leftovers in what will probably be his first title defense.
Coker added, āIād like to see Alistair Overeem make his debut on CBS with somebody, maybe Silva, maybe Brett Rogers.ā
Both āBigfootā Antonio Silva (12-2) and fifth-ranked heavyweight āGrimā Brett Rogers (10-1) are coming off losses to Werdum and Emelianenko respectively, creating an awkward situation for Strikeforce where their champion is defending his title versus fighters whoāve already lost to the top challengers whoāll be fighting each other on the same card.
Is it any worse than another UFC interim title fight between third-ranked heavyweight Frank Mir (13-4) and sixth-ranked Shane Carwin (10-0)?
Fighters.com thinks so. The longer Emelianenko doesnāt challenge for the Strikeforce title, the more devalued the title and their division becomes. It risks mirroring the convoluted and frustrating professional boxing divisions that MMA has avoided doingā¦until now.
For example, if Rogers challenges Overeem for the Strikeforce title and wins and Emelianenko beats Werdum, it sets up a Strikeforce title fight of little interest to anyone since Emelianenko already outclassed Rogers last November. Rogers wonāt have done anything to deserve the rematch, since Overeem is ranked lower than Emelianenko, and it serves Emelianenko another matchup heās well-prepared to win.
Emelianenko should challenge Overeem in April so that the Strikeforce heavyweight division can shake out and become clear to fans of the sport. The proposed matchups ā Emelianenko-Werdum, Overeem-Rogers or Silva ā just create a confusing and awkward set of possibilities.