Quick Quote: Scott Coker expecting Fedor vs. Overeem-Werdum loserPosted on February 14, 2011, 10:46 PM by Joey Santosus
"If the fighter doesn't want to fight the promoter doesn't make him fight. And if he wants to retire then it's time to walk away. But I don't think that's the case ... and I think the loser of Overeem and Werdum, that would be a great fight for Fedor. - For more from Scott Coker's appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, visit MMAFighting.com
Following his loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva Saturday night, Fedor Emelianenko announced to the MMA world that the fight may have been his last. And while no one knows for sure whether his words were sincere or based on the emotion of just having suffered his second straight loss, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker appeared surprisingly optimistic on the matter. In fact, Coker discussed the possibility of Fedor facing the loser of the April 9th quarterfinal bout between Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.
Prior to the announcement of the promotion's Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament, both Emelianenko and Werdum expressed interest in facing one another in a rematch of their June 26th bout, in which the Brazilian submitted Fedor just 69 seconds into the opening round. Alistair Overeem, meanwhile, has also had his sights set on fighting Emelianenko since the Russian first signed with Strikeforce, however because the two camps failed to come to terms, the bout has yet to materialize.
Although many expected Emelianenko to advance into the Tournament's semi-final round and face the winner of the Overeem-Werdum bout, considering the circumstances, a match with the loser would still serve as a considerable draw for the promotion. However, with more questions than answers at this point, only time will tell if we have truly seen the last of Fedor Emeliankenko.