If all goes as planned for Fedor Emelianenko in his next outing, the Russian heavyweight widely believed to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport could serve to pave the way for Strikeforce and M-1 Global to cross over into the pay-per-view market.
Emelianenko will be facing off with Fabricio Werdum on Showtime from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on June 26, but his next outing looks like it may be headed to PPV.
“Following this fight now we have one more fight on the cards,” said M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan in regards to Fedor’s future with Strikeforce in a recent conversation with MMAWeekly. “That’s the future for now, there’s one more fight following the June 26 fight and that fight is more likely than not on pay-per-view.”
While it’s possible fans will get the chance to see Emelianenko go at it with Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce heavyweight crown in the near future, it’s impossible to pin down a specific date any time prior to June 26. First things first, and Fedor currently has a dangerous Brazilian veteran by the name of Fabricio Werdum directly in his cross-hairs to deal with in two weeks time.
“It depends on what happens during this fight,” said Kogan. “It depends on health issues, and whatever else following this fight. It depends also by other factors, so I don’t want to tell you something and not have it happen. It’s possible, it’s not unlikely, but I wouldn’t say I’d guarantee that it happens in 2010.”