Early bird MMA fans were in for a too-good-to-be-true treat this morning when we awoke to read on the official Strikeforce web site that Fedor Emelianenko would be moving to the UFC to face Anderson Silva in an Autumn bout. If it wasn't clear from the childish prose and fanciful claims of the post that the story was a prank, Strikeforce took the page down quickly and reports emerged debunking the tale.
Just for grins, here's the text that was briefly posted at Strikeforce.com:
A dream super-fight is now a reality.
Fedor Emelianenko, who is now walking around at 215lbs, will be moving over to the UFC brand after his July 30th bout with Dan Henderson. Emelianenko's first fight will be none other than UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva.
The fight will take place sometime after UFC 134, which is headlined by Anderson Silva as he takes on Yushin Okami. Emelianenko vs Silva will likely take place at 205lbs. However, Fedor Emelianenko will be
undergoing a test-cut after his fight with Dan Henderson. His management has agreed that if he can make the cut to 185lbs without much trouble and if Anderson Silva defeats Yushin Okami, then Fedor Emelianenko vs Anderson Silva will be contested at 185lbs and will be for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Georges St. Pierre may also be in the mix if he is able to defeat UFC 137 opponent, Nick Diaz. If St. Pierre decides to move up to middleweight, he will be fighting the winner of Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko.
MMA Junkie speculated on how the site may have been hacked:
It's not clear how the bogus story made its way to Strikeforce.com, though it's since been removed. But after the UFC acquired Strikeforce earlier this year, the companies' front offices underwent substantial restructuring, and a handful of employees were terminated. It's possible the website's login information trickled out the way, or perhaps a security-savvy MMA fan simply decided to have some fun while most of the organization's West Coast-based employees slept.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Fedor will be fighting Dan Henderson in a
catchweight fight of 220lbs heayweight bout on Showtime at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30.