Fedor Emelianenko Falls, Will Strikeforce Follow?

Greg ParfittCorrespondent IJune 27, 2010

Saturday June 26th will go down in the history books as one of the most important nights in MMA history.

That's because it was the night that the legendary, almost mythical like fighter, Fedor Emelianenko was finally beaten by Fabricio Werdum at the latest Strikeforce event on Showtime. 

Werdum forced the Russian to tap only minutes into the first round of their fight via a triangle arm bar.

Fedor is no longer the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion and his status as the best Heavyweight fighter in the world is now severely in question. 

Besides all the ranting and column inches that will undoubtedly be written about this huge upset there is another issue that Werdum's shock win has brought up.

What now is the future of the young promotion Strikeforce?

Strikeforce without question have placed a lot of their eggs in the Fedor basket. Now that the Russian is no longer the undefeated phenom, can he sustain the level of interest he has in the past and what will be left for him to do with the one remaining fight on his contract.

Nick Diaz, Cyborg Santos, Gilbert Melendez and Cung Le are all great fighters but are they really going to carry a PPV and grow the promotion to challenge the UFC, unlikely.

Fedor was the crown jewel of the promotion that set them above being just another big regional promotion.

Suddenly his value has plummeted and the Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is going to have a lot of thinking to do in the next 24 hours. 

The reaction from the victorious Werdum and the face of Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Allistair Overeem in the audience says a lot about the shock caused by this fight.

Werdum announced post fight that he wants to fight Fedor again rather then challenge for the title and Overeem has made no secret of his desire to face the Russian in his next fight. 

One thing is for sure, the loss suffered by Fedor tonight will have caused far further reaching problems then just his unbeaten record getting destroyed. 

How do Strikeforce grow with a far less valuable Russian?

Who else can be the face of Strikeforce?

Who does Fedor fight next?

Will Werdum face Overeem for the title?

The questions will be endless and go on long into tonight and the coming days. But once the dust settles on the shock result of this fight, the impact suffered by Strikeforce will be clearer and could very well be the bigger story to come from this event.

Will Strikeforce fall now that Fedor has?