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Coker: We're "Getting Very Close" With Fedor Negotiations

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Prior to Saturday's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II," a few industry insiders suggested officials might announce a contract extension with famed heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko during the Showtime broadcast. The announcement, of course, never came. But following the show, which took place at St. Louis' Scottrade Center, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the organization has made some progress in the negotiations. Emelianenko, a former PRIDE champion who long held the title as the world's No. 1 heavyweight, was upset earlier this year by Fabricio Werdum. The submission defeat remains the only true and legitimate loss of his decade-long career and cost him a likely title shot with current Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem. Emelianenko's M-1 representatives have discussed the possibility of a Werdum rematch – and/or future Overeem fight – and even considered a fight with Antonio Silva at one point. But Emelianenko first needs a new deal to replace his current contract, which has a single fight remaining on it. But the two sides have gotten no further than the negotiating table in recent months. But the sometimes-plodding talks in no way represent an Emelianenko disinterest in fighting again, according to Coker. "Fedor has never been the issue," he said. "But we don't talk to Fedor. We're talking to M-1, and it's an ongoing process."

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Post #1   12/5/10 12:42:57PM   

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And for those wondering, said "big announcement" promised during last night's event was...Tyron Woodley vs. Tarec Saffiedine as 1/7 Challengers main event.

Post #2   12/5/10 12:46:34PM   

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by the time fedor signs with a serious organization were hes gonna fight legit people again like in pride hes gonna be out of his prime. i like fedor but i just dont think hes really that important to the HW division right now. there has been so much political BS with him plus i though he performed poorly in his last couple fights (rogers, werdum).

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I hope they get him signed soon and we get a couple Fedor vs big names this new year.Fedor vs Werdum,Overeem or Barnett would all be great.

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It is so annoying that Fedor can't just go out there & fight. I mean, how much longer before he's done? Money ALWAYS wastes time...

Post #5   12/6/10 11:12:15AM   

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I am quickly losing interest in this whole fiasco.

Post #6   12/6/10 11:33:22AM