Fedor Emelianenko, who was at one time the top-ranked heavyweight in the world, will return to the Strikeforce cage in July after suffering back-to-back losses and hinting at retirement, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Sherdog.
“Fedor’s gonna fight sometime in July. It’s probably toward the end of July or mid-July, but we have fights with Fedor that we’re gonna honor and continue forward. We’re gonna do the co-branding exercise that we do with M-1 every time we do fights with them.
“The opponent has not been chosen, but I think having Fedor involved close to the tournament as an alternate is definitely a possibility,” he added.
“You gotta perform. I think he did a good job against Silva, and that worked out the way he did, but he’s still a competitive fighter that can compete at the highest level on any given Saturday night,” said Coker. “I think this next one’s gonna be very important. He’s gonna have to perform.”
Fedor could still make a return to the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix if an injury to one of the participants occurs. It is being speculated that Fedor’s next opponent could be Andre Arlovski who was also bounced in the first round of the tournament, or tournament alternates Shane Del Rosario Chad Griggs.