Fedor Emelianenko was recently a free agent immediately after the demise of the Affliction MMA promotion. Many MMA organizations worked hard to ink a deal with the Russian fighter including the UFC. UFC President Dana White tried to add Fedor to the heavyweight division, but a deal could not be reached mainly because the UFC denied a co-promotion with M-1 Global– an MMA organization based in Holland. Since both parties could not agree on a fight contract, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stepped in to sign Fedor.
Fedor is now scheduled to fight Brett Rogers in his Strikeforce debut sometime this fall. Rogers is coming off a huge KO win over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, adding his tenth win to his undefeated MMA record. “The Last Emperor” also defeated Arlovski in his last fight, acquiring a KO victory in the first round.
From Fedor Emelianenko:
“Brett Rogers is a very strong opponent. He is a great opponent. And he has a really very heavy knockout punch. I do not read all the rumors and gossip that is published on the Internet. To tell you the truth, the offer from the UFC was not really the worthy one. And if they are able to give us a really good offer then maybe [one day] we could agree. Frankly speaking, when I am in the cage or ring I don’t feel like I have to prove something. There are a lot of people around me who feel I do, but I don’t think so. When I come into the ring or cage the only thing I’m thinking about is is Russia (and representing it). So I don’t think that I need to prove anything.”