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strikeforcecrestLadies and gentleman, it’s official: Following over  a week of intense speculation since the crumbling of Affliction as a fight promotion, Fedor Emelianenko has signed with Strikeforce. has just obtained the confirmation of the signing of “The Last Emperor” through a press release issued through Strikeforce.

Emelianenko is admittedly eager to return to action, and excited about testing himself against the best fighters Strikeforce has to offer.

“I am looking forward to going back to work and fighting at the highest level,” said Fedor in a statement released this afternoon.

“Strikeforce is a top fight promotion that houses some of the greatest fighters in the world. I am prepared to fight any of them.”

Strikefoce CEO Scott Coker understandably shared Fedor’s enthusiasm about the elusive Russian’s recent signing with the promotion.

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with M-1 Global and Fedor,” said Coker. “Fedor has been the reigning king of MMA’s heavyweight division for quite some time now so being able to work with M-1 and Fedor will substantially increase the level of competition amongst the athletes in this weight class.”

It has been stated that Fedor will make his Strikeforce debut on Showtime this Fall, and will continue to compete in Strikeforce/M-1 Global co-promoted events.

Emelianenko’s debut for Strikeforce will mark this first ever appearance inside of a cage.

Stay tuned to as we continue to keep you up to date on all developing news between Strikeforce and Fedor, including any announcement of a first opponent.

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