MMA: Fedor books Strikeforce return for June 26
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fedor Emelianenko will return to Strikeforce for a heavyweight bout against Fabricio Werdum on June 26 in San Jose.
Strikeforce announced the deal Tuesday to end an eight-month absence from competition for one of the world's elite mixed martial artists.
Emelianenko hasn't fought since stopping Brett Rogers last November in his Strikeforce debut. The Bay Area-based promotion competes with the UFC, which won't accept Emelianenko's demands to co-promote his own fights.
Lengthy negotiations between Strikeforce and M-1 Global, Emelianenko's promotions company, prevented the fighter from appearing on Strikeforce's disappointing show on CBS last month.
The Russian star's bout against Werdum will be telecast on Showtime from HP Pavilion.