The developing rivalry between MMA organizations UFC and Strikeforce just grew some more this week, when MMA heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko announced that he’d be joining Strikeforce for a series of fights. Each of these fights will be promoted by M-1 Global, a major plus for Fedor. In fact, Dana White’s unwillingness to comply with this request is exactly what prevented Fedor from signing with White.
Fedor’s first fight will take place later this fall. The MMA veteran has now fought in 31 total fights, but has never found himself in a cage match. This will be his first, but Fedor claims that he’ll be very well prepared.
This of course is disappointing to the UFC fans that wanted to see him fight Brock Lesnar. As well now that Tito Ortiz is back with the UFC instead of signing with Strikeforce who seemed to have him roped in earlier on last month, this means that we will also not get to see The Huntington Beach Bad Boy vs. The Last Emperor.
Another interesting story is that of Kimo Leopoldo, an MMA veteran who was pronounced dead last month at 41 years old after suffering from a heart attack. This was inaccurate reporting, as Leopoldo was in fact revived from his heart attack, though the story of his revival was little reported.
Leopoldo held a press conference on July 21st to prove to the world that he was still alive. The MMA veteran now claims that he’d like to enter the ring one last time. Leopoldo has been fighting for years, as many remember his early days at the first few UFC championships, most notably UFC 3.
In one more story, it is rumored that Georges St. Pierre will be fighting at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club submission wrestling world championships in Barcelona later this year. This event, also known as the ADCC, has hosted many top fighters, including Tito Ortiz, Diego Sanchez, Josh Barnett, and many others.
Stay tuned for more news stories as they develop.
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