Fedor Emelianenko has just recently signed a multi-fight deal, according to MMAJunkie.com.
What does this mean for the UFC? What does this mean for Strikeforce? What does it mean for fight fans?
Well, for starters, Strikeforce has just gained a legitimate heavyweight contender who has the ability of taking their division to great heights. Then again, they sort of "sold" themselves out.
By allowing M-1 Global to co-promote the event with Fedor, they are in essence giving a part of control and designation to M-1 Global. This is something Dana White, and the UFC simply would not budge on; therefore allowing Strikeforce to covet and secure the Russian phenom.
So the UFC remains the same, just losing out on a what-could-have-been matchup between Brock Lesnar and Emelianenko. Strikeforce upgrades, but at what cost?
What do you, the fans, think of the move by Strikeforce? Does it hurt their reputation so much that it makes the move not worth it; or does it help their future fight cards enough to the point where Strikeforce can compete with the UFC down the road?
Here's three possible fights that Fedor might experience during his time with Strikeforce:
This could easily be Fedor's first, and likely toughest opponent. A man with nothing to lose is very often a dangerous man. Rogers has just taken out Andrei Arlovski in dominant fashion, and Rogers would be a great fight for Emelianenko if Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker doesn't want to match him up against the next competitor on the list.
Overeem is the current heavyweight champion in Strikeforce. Though currently injured, some feel that Fedor's first opponent should definitely be Overeem for the title shot. Overeem would likely need some time and great training to get prepared for a man of Emelianenko's stature.
The former-UFC veteran hasn't fought since his devastating TKO loss at the hands of Junior Dos Santos, and likely would've been the one fighting Overeem if not for the injury to Overeem. Werdum would make sense for an introductory bout for Fedor, as it would get Werdum back into the ring and Fedor a good warmup opponent, win or lose.