The rumors have been swirling lately about the problems encountered between Strikeforce and Fedor Emelianenko/M-1 Global. However, Strikeforce head man Scott Coker tried to put some of those rumors to rest as he appeard on ESPN's MMA Live on yesterday. Coker said he expects Emelianenko to be under the Strikeforce banner pretty soon:
I look forward to having Fedor back and I think it'll happen sometime late second quarter and maybe in the summertime...I feel confident that we'll get through this process, and move on
The process Coker is referring to is M-1 Global trying to renegotiate Fedor's Strikeforce contract. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out. Will Emelianenko or better yet M-1 Global end up getting more money from Strikeforce in the end? Will Fedor take the fight with Josh Barnett under the DREAM banner as many believe? Or will Fedor honor the proposed fight between himself and Fabricio Werdum under the Strikeforce banner? I suppose we'll find out soon enough.