Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum MMA match is at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on June 26, 2010. Emelianenko, a Russian fighter best described as "pound for pound the top heavyweight fighter in the world" is the favored winner in the Strikeforce heavyweight match. If Emelianenko defeats Werdum, Emelianenko will go on to fight current heavyweight champ Allistar Overeem in a huge title match.
Emelianenko has not been in the ring since November 2009 but has been busy training and perhaps forging a political career. Speculation abounds that Emelianenko is seeking a seat in the Russian parliament and is in the initial stages of primary elections. Emelianenko neither confirmed or denied the rumors. Emelianenko stated in a recent interview, "All I can say is that I will not do anything with [politics] until I am done fighting...doesn't mean anything when it comes to that. When I'm [done] fighting, I'll have plenty of time to sit down and think about it."
Seven other fights are set for the HP stage including: Scott Smith vs. Cung Le, Cris Cyborg vs. Jan Finney, Josh Thomson vs. Pat Healy, Ron Kesler vs. TBA, Brett Bergmark Vs. Vagner Rocha, Yancy Medeiros vs. Valdir Araujo, Bobby Stack vs. Derrick Burnsed.
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