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Strikeforce severs ties with Fedor Emelianenko

“The Last Emperor” will need to find a new home to try and reclaim his throne. UFC president Dana White stated today that Strikeforce has released former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko from his contract, which had one fight remaining on it, following his third straight loss in the organization.

As FiveOuncesOfPain.com reported weeks ago, the loser of this past weekend’s headlining fight between “The Last Emperor” and Emelianenko ended up losing the fight by first round TKO courtesy of Henderson’s big right hand after a back and forth battle for the majority of the round.

Despite no longer being part of the Strikeforce organization, Fedor’s manager and M-1 Global Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan stated that Fedor has a contract with the television company Showtime, which also carries live M-1 Global events.

Fedor’s future is still up in the air. Following the loss to Henderson, he said he would leave his future in, “God’s hands” but when pressed, said he still wanted to fight, but would first be taking time off to return home to Russia to spend time with his family.

*PHOTO CREDIT – ESTHER LIN/STRIKEFORCE*

22 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    What!!?? But he’s only lost three in a row and, and only makes a paltry 1.5 Million per fight! Fucking Dana White, ruining MMA.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Business wise Id have to agree it is a good move, as a Fedor fan it sucks, but 3 losses in a row gets almost anybody not named Bonner or Griffen cut.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    maybe its just my perception of Dana White but i can imagine him being so fucking happy with a massive smug grin on his face that he’s the man who has sacked Overeem and Fedor in one week.
    Instead of releasing a statement saying he’s disappointed to have to cut ties with two great heavyweights, i bet he thinks its fucking hilarious that he’s won again

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  • Angry Mike says:

    What a lousy way for Fedor to go out: Three straight losses and he’s been fired. “A piece of steak” by Jack London.

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  • Niv says:

    I think Dana White was salivating when he saws Fedor lose, no surprise here Don King, oops Dana White stomps on anyone he sees as being a problem to his ultimate rule.

    Case in point this week every fighter from Golden Glory was cut by Dana reminiscent of when he banned the entire American Kickboxing Academy when John Fitch refused to sign over his likeness rights. If John Fitch didn’t give in then Cain Velasquez wouldn’t have ever become the UFC HW Champ.

    I get it Fedor lost 3 in a row, but this was done with malicious intent I’m sure of it. These type of decisions don’t have the fan in mind at all, they are blatant power plays plain and simple.

    Anyhow I hope Fedor retires and enjoys the comfortable life he built for himself, he’s still the greatest HW of all-time.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Do you hear that? Is it thunder? An earthquake? No it’s the sound of everyone jumping off Fedor’s nuts and off the Fedor bandwagon.

    Very few people survive 3 losses in a row and the ones that do have to beg for a 4th shot or have to be loyal company men.

    Fedor just doesn’t have what it takes any more. He was the best in the world during his PRIDE days because PRIDE was the best game in town.

    I’m sure M-1 will have a card on Showtime and Fedor will fight some has been with a name for a paycheck but, he will never be relevant in MMA again.

    Maybe Ken Shamrock needs another paycheck and he will sign on to fight Fedor

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  • Forrest has never lost 3 straight in his career and when Bonnar did it one of them was a controversial loss so I get that.
    This is a great business move, and personally I think Fedor should hang em up….not because he’s “done” but because I’d rather not see him go the path of chuck liddel or Mirko cro cop. The guy was a fuckin monster in his day, but his day has passed. I respect his decision to leave it in god’s hands and I hope he holds to it or holds to the fact that as the legend he is, he should go out on his shield and fight someone that matters not some can for a payday. Win or lose I’d rather see him continue to strive to be the best, or at least the best he can be.

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  • TerribleT says:

    How ’bout M-1 signing Overeem then having him fight Fedor on SHOWTIME?

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    This was coming.
    Still cant stand Dana White though.
    Guy claims to be so much he isnt and is a nothing but a bitch if somebody stands up for themselves.

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  • Sykotick says:

    Logic, get it through yourself, great, but if you stand up to your boss, odds are you’re fired (see Overeem).
    If you play hardball with your bosses you’re done. (see Golden Glory cuz camps have say in fights too [see Jones and rashad beef])
    Fedor is on a 3 fight skid so he gets cut, sucks but ok, I can see why.
    I’m not saying “hey he lost 3 so he sucks now” but I’m saying “he lost 3 straight, there no more need to pay him what-the-fuck money to be losing”
    That’s it, less to do with Dana and Zuffa and more to do with circumstances.

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  • Sykotick says:

    *get it through your head, if you Stand up for yourself, great* (phone tripped balls there)

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  • Jmad says:

    I love Fedor and hate seeing him lose, but Strikeforce can’t afford him anymore. I knew this was going to happen. I really want to see him fight Overeem.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Zuffa/Forza feel M-1 & Golden Glory are tough to do business with… when business is good & your the top dog you dont have to deal with others whom are difficult or don’t conduct business in a way that caters to you and your business model… Do you think Bloomberg, Trump or any other conglomerate like that bends over backwards to do business with others?? NO other brands and companies bend over backwards to get into the mix with the big dogs so they can make some profits together and reap the benefits of doing business with a solid brand that’s going places… In the sport of MMA Zuffa / Forza has the biggest market share and is the place to be… if you want in then you gotta play there game by there rules because currently it’s there world and if you want a place in it then you gotta abide by there practices if not then go do your own thing but it’s pretty cut & dry…

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  • Rece Rock says:

    It doesn’t help that Fedor is on the 3 fight losing streak BUT I guarantee if his handlers were easier to do business with and the mandatory co-promoting everytime he fights and the forced M-1 branding was not a factor then Zuffa would probably had given him atleast one fight to prove his worth BUT look at the circus that comes along with his inflated price tag and if your in Zuffa’s shoes you gotta say this guy isn’t worth the headache…

    3 fight losing streak or not the UFC markating machine could have sold us a PPV with Fedor in co- main event against anybody decent and it would have done good #’s and made $$ win lose or draw…. BUT with M-1 involved why would they bother? If it’s always gonna be more benficial for M-1 and Fedor to put on a fight rather then mutally beneficial to waht ever promotion is putting on the show …so if I’m Zuffa I too would let them go on there way…

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    So after the purchase of SF the UFC has cut Overeem, Marloes, Fedor and others will soon follow, they have pissed off golden glory, removed Diaz from his title in SF and added NOTHING to SF whatsoever.
    Think about it, what good has come from ZUFFAs purchase? Nothing. No super fights, no cross promotion, no Overeem, no Fedor, golden glory will remove its fighters, Daley and other fighters will suffer. I hate ZUFFA and its Nazi way of running MMA. They didnt start MMA, they didnt start the road to sanctioning but jumped on the band wagon, they try tp control everythig and if they cant both the fans and the fighter suffer.
    If there has been some positives let me know.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Oh and if you stand up to your boss you get fired? Not with unions or balls. If my boss turned around to me and tried to stand over me I would stand up for myself and if every other worker did the same nobody would be getting fired, trust me, but if pussies back down and let Nazi bosses run things without opposition, well good luck to ya.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    the moves don’t seem beneficial to the fans or some of the more favored fighters but the moves are in fact beneficial to getting a fledging promotion out of the red and help keep it afloat… SF before the purchase was a sinking ship no?? wasn’t all the talk about how much longer they would be around because things looked that bad for SF?? (well except for the SF faithful whom were optimistic)… SF was in trouble they lost there business partner and main source of funding… Zuffa stepped in and are doing things there way.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I wish Reed Harris was in charge of SF, take all the branded fighters with bloated contracts out of the promotion and let Reed build off of the challengers series and see what happens…

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  • Logic- No they didnt Invent MMA, but they’ve certainly done more for it in every sense of the word. Brought it to more homes on television, put on more conistently talent stacked cards than any other promotion(free televised and PPV) , brought us the majority of the best fighters fighting each other and continuing to bring in more and better fighters, building constant stars by way of TUF AND adding guys to their rosters from minor leagues. With the best production. commentary, website etc. etc. etc.
    Overeem didnt STAND up to Zuffa….he lied about an injury, then talked trash about his employer on a media outlet(btw lots of people get fired for doing the same on facebook) then booked a fight for less than two months later for a better payday, or because he liked it better Im not sure, holding up a tournament he agreed to compete in and holding up other men’s careers for what? a few more dollars? to be a dick? either way its a punk ass move.

    Fedor didnt STAND up to Zuffa, his management team and production company wanted a piece of the pie and the UFC said no. As is their right to do so in a business transaction, just as M1 could’ve easily dropped their point and gotten their biggest workhorse one of the best paydays in company history with only the hope that his name having only been in the states a few times would sell ppv’s here. He’s now lost 3 straight all in big ways. Like I said before, going the way of Lidell. He’s not worth the money. End of story.

    Coenen, it sucks and WMMA is suffering for it. But we’ll see how that goes.

    Diaz dropping his belt and coming over to the UFC was a FAN requested fight…so for you to say that’s not Zuffa honoring its fans first and foremost, you’re a fool.
    As for everything else, we’ll just have to wait and see. Personally I could deal without strikeforce ever again, as long as a good majority of their fighters came over to the UFC and competed.

    Maybe you should quit blamin the big bad corp for wanting its employees to invest themselves in it as opposed to just looking out for their own immediate paydays for once. Zuffa would give us the Overeems vs. Cain’s, the Fedor’s vs. Brocks…..but the fighters have to be willing to be fair as well.

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  • MCM says:

    Well said Superdave.
    I would also point out that the UFC didn’t “take” Diaz away. He voluntarily left for greener pastures. Much the same way his training partner Shields did when he held the belt and how Gilbert will in a few months time.
    It also appears that Dan Henderson may find his way back in the UFC now that he’s a free agent (and probably compete for a title).
    Mayhem Miller, one of the most entertaining personalities in MMA, is going to be on national TV every week when the new season of TUF airs, instead of being punished for getting jumped like he was under SF.
    Even Josh Barnett is playing ball and has a chance to make it back to the UFC.

    The thing with Overeem is, he broke his commitments. Sure it’s easy to blame Dana (he kinda asks for it), but AO said he was committed to this tourney, then tried to back out of only the second round and took a fight with another promotion. That’s not standing up to your boss, that’s trying to call in sick so you can go work for the competition.
    http://mmaweekly.com/alistair-overeem-will-only-fight-in-strikeforce-until-grand-prix-is-finished

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  • Rece Rock says:

    FYI… just some further insight in what goes on… this is from another mma news site:

    “This is actually a pretty simple explanation,” White told reporters after the UFC 133 pre-fight press conference. “If you look back throughout history, we haven’t had any Golden Glory guys fight with us since Semmy Schilt, right? And the reason is, we have very different business practices. It’s tough to do business with them.

    “The bottom line is, the way that they do business is, you have to pay them, not the fighters. We don’t work that way. It’s not the way we do business. It’s not how it works here in the United States with the athletic commissions. You don’t pay the managers and the managers pay the fighters. You pay the fighters and the fighters pay the managers.”

    For her part, Coenen told ESPN’s Josh Gross that being paid by Golden Glory is how she preferred it for tax reasons, and that’s precisely why they do things the way they do, but White says that simply isn’t how they’re going to do business. And in the case of Einemo, they played it the UFC’s way and allowed him to be paid directly, but in losing his fight and them having overall difficulties with Golden Glory, he found himself on the chopping block.

    “We can’t do business with those guys the way that they do it,” White reiterated. “There’s a lot of places throughout the world they can do business like that; it’s not a big deal for the promoters. We can’t do it. It’s not right. It’s not the right way to do it.”

    “Well, the reality is, we’re trying to work out these deals with these guys and they won’t do it. They said, ‘You absolutely cannot pay the fighters. You have to pay us.’ Like I said, it’s pretty simple to look back. The last guy to fight in UFC was Semmy Schilt, that was a Golden Glory guy. There’s a reason for that.”

    Golden Glory has one remaining fighter on Zuffa’s roster in Sergei Kharitonov, who will meet Josh Barnett in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in September. White said they are honoring his deal because his fights in the Grand Prix have him being paid directly, but when it comes back to negotiating for another deal it will likely mark the end of his run in the organization.

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  • FightFan313 says:

    this is a bad move by Zoofa. If Fedor won his next fight in Strikeforce and started his rise again the train would be long and heavy.

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