Scott Coker claims negotiations with M-1 are "going good"Posted on November 6, 2010, 10:03 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Stikeforce president Scott Coker today spoke about his companies ongoing negotiations with M-1 for the services of Fedor Emilianenko. "The Last Emperor" and Strikeforce currently have a three fight deal, with one fight remaining, as much remains uncertain in regards to where the Russian will fight next. However, it seems Coker is content with dealings so far:
“As everybody knows we have a negotiation ongoing with M-1 right now, and I wish I had a simple answer, but it’s an ongoing negotiation.”
“I feel good about it, I feel good about the negotiations. Whether you’re dealing with Dream, or you’re dealing with M-1, or any foreign company there’s always a translation issue, and there’s always a cultural issue, and there’s just a lot of barriers that will come. We’re trying to navigate through the waters and get a fair deal for everybody.”
When asked how soon fans can expect to see Fedor fighting again, Coker added:
“Fedor will be fighting, I want to say sometime in the first quarter of 2011. I believe that’s when he’ll be fighting in the cage.”
While M-1 might want to see the WAMMA Champ in a rematch against the only man to legitimately defeat him, Fabricio Werdum, it would appear fans, Strikeforce and indeed Fedor would rather a match against the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem. The K1 striker has even called Fedor out personally, and was sitting cage side, ready to challenge Fedor, until his shock loss to Fabricio Werdum put "The Demolition Man"s plans on hold.
With the recent signing of Josh Barnett, and the current form of Antonio "Big Foot" Silva Strikeforce's Heavyweight division has never been stronger. As for Fedor's next opponent, that's anybody's guess.
HT: MMA Weekly