The recent uncertainty surrounding Fedor Emelianenko's next bout has now ended - sort of.
When news broke recently that Emelianenko would no longer be facing heavyweight rival Fabricio Werdum at the Strikeforce on CBS event on April 17, rumors began to fly. Speculation that he might finally get to fight champion Alistair Overeem for the belt was widely circulated, but it now seems that fans will have to wait a little longer to see the elusive spectacle of a Strikeforce heavyweight title defense.
According to MMAJunkie.com, Emelianenko will still meet Werdum in a fight that was originally scheduled for the Strikeforce on CBS April event, but the match will now take place at a yet-to-be-announced event in May instead. Of course, as is so often the case with any news about the legendary Russian fighter, time and place for the event remain uncertain.
Unfortunately for those who enjoy following Strikeforce's programming on network TV, it also seems that because of the event change, Fedor's next appearance will be televised on Showtime. Still, there remains plenty of talent to fill the Strikeforce on CBS card. Middleweight champ Jake Shields will defend his belt against Dan Henderson, and light-heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi seems likely to defend his title against Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal as well.
Emelianenko's fight with Werdum will mark just his second Strikeforce appearance, and only the second time he has fought in a cage. Emelianenko has a career record of 32-1 with one no contest, and last fought at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, where he defeated Brett Rogers via second-round TKO.
Werdum is 13-4-1 in his career, and has won his last two fights, including a unanimous decision victory over Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva to set up his fight with Emelianenko.