It seems like just yesterday we were excitedly relating the possibility that Fedor Emelianenko would deign to honor his final fight with Strikeforce by facing Antonio Silva on January 29th. Oh wait, it was just yesterday.
Well here's M-1 Global's Evgeni Kogan pouring icy cold water all over that idea to MMA Junkie:
"We are really hoping that we can finalize things as soon as possible," M-1 representative Evgeni Kogan told MMAjunkie.com. "We have been steadily working toward an agreement. And I think we are closer to it now than we have been in the past."
Kogan added that Jan. 29 is "not on the table," though he declined to discuss further details of negotiations.
My last post on M-1's "Soviet Style Negotiations" seems more accurate by the day, despite Mr. Kogan's angry objections.
UPDATE: Sherdog has more:
Officially, there has been no word from either Strikeforce or M-1 regarding the bout. Sherdog.com could not confirm whether the deal has been inked, but both sides have reportedly agreed in principle to the Silva-Emelianenko matchup. Though the bout was originally rumored to be a part of Strikeforce's Jan. 29 card, it now appears that February will be the month in which Emelianenko makes his return. Further details regarding the Russian's contract are unknown at this time, but M-1 is pushing for Fedor to fight sooner rather than later.
The proposed bout with Silva has come out of compromise, as M-1 has made no secret about its desire for an Emelianenko-Werdum rematch. For Strikeforce, however, the Werdum rematch is unattractive. Of the limited list of possible opponents other than Werdum, "Bigfoot" was the name M-1 reportedly chose.
According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, however, Emelinenko has not yet signed a contract.
That's not quite as bad as the previous report made it sound.