When Fedor Emelianenko submitted to Fabricio Werdum last Saturday, most analysts were quick to say that the loss would be damaging for Strikeforce, whose big hopes were tied to the Russian star fighter.
While the loss doesn't provide the best of all possible worlds for Strikeforce, I still think that it may end up actually helping the organization.
Before Emelianenko lost to Werdum, it was believed that M-1 Global was shopping around for a new organization for Emelianenko. Some even believed that UFC might once again have the opportunity to bid for the Russian's services.
Strikeforce still had one fight remaining on Emelianenko's contract, but his future in the promotion could have been a short one.
Now that Emelianenko's aura of invincibility has been shattered, his promotional value has gone down considerably, but because of that, he should now be much easier for Strikeforce to re-sign.
UFC President Dana White has said that he's no longer interested in signing Fedor. Without interest from the UFC, Strikeforce will have more power at the bargaining table, when re-negotiations with M-1 Global begin.
Furthermore, Strikeforce is the only organization that can offer Emelianenko a rematch with Werdum, the man who dethroned him.
It would have been far better for Strikeforce if Emelianenko had won, so that they could have marketed a potentially huge fight between him and Alistair Overeem, but Fedor's loss may be a case where one bird in the hand is worth two (or ten) in the bush.