Strikeforce and top ranked heavyweight “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko’s (31-2) management M-1 Global are in negotiations to schedule the multiple time Russian Sambo Champion’s date to fulfill the one remaining fight on his current Strikeforce contract. “The Last Emperor” is set to face BJJ and Judo black belt “Bigfoot” Antonio Silva (14-2) some time in the early months of 2011.
The promotion initially was trying to schedule the heavyweight meeting as the main event of its January 29 card, but has not been able to reach an agreement with M-1 Global. Fedor’s management was in disagreement with the initial terms of his final contracted fight with Strikeforce, as they wanted him to first avenge his first round Arm Triangle Choke loss to Fabricio Werdum (14-4-1) in June. The fight was considered one of the biggest upsets of 2010 and caused an upheaval in the top heavyweight rankings.