August 3, FEDOR signs with STRIKEFORCE
Props: San Jose Examiner
In what many will consider a shocker, StrikeForce has signed the man considered to be the top heavyweight in the world, Russia’s Fedor Emelianenko, to a multi-fight contract that will have him fighting on the Showtime network this fall. Financial terms were not disclosed, but it was announced that StrikeForce has agreed to co-promote with M-1 Global, Fedor’s management and promotional company. This was seen as a major hurdle in negotiations with Dana White and the UFC.
Fedor was scheduled to headline Affliction’s “Trilogy” event, but it was canceled after fellow co-main event participant Josh Barnett tested positive for an anabolic steroid. Affliction discontinued operations as a fight promotion shortly after, and “The Last Emperor” became a free agent. Negotiations with the UFC ensued, and Dana White has publicly stated that the promotion acquiesced to nearly every demand, including Fedor’s continued competition in Sambo. But White balked at the prospect of co-promoting events with an unproven commodity like M-1, and the deal fell apart. Enter StrikeForce.
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