Update Makes Strikeforce HW Picture More Clear, But Raises Questions
By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Fabricio Werdum recently revealed some of his future plans in a new interview with Brazilian website SuperLutas.com
. The uncrowned WAMMA heavyweight champion mentioned in the interview that he intends on having surgery to repair damage he's been suffering from in his elbow, and that it's unlikely he'll enter a MMA cage with his work clothes on for the remainder of 2010.
Werdum told the Super Lutas website, "I will undergo a surgery on my elbow that I have put off for some time. We're in July and I only want to come back 100 percent recovered. I think it's hard to make it back this year due the physical therapy, conditioning and all else. Then I might just get back next year."
Werdum is coming off perhaps the biggest upset in MMA history (as detailed in Matt Molgaard's recent "The 10 Greatest MMA Upsets Of All Time"
) by submitting the long-time number one ranked heavyweight in the sport, Fedor Emelianenko, at the Strikeforce/M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum
event on June 26. Immediately following the loss, which was technically the first legitimate loss in Fedor's pro-MMA career, M-1 Global and other Fedor representatives were insistent on a rematch with Werdum as soon as humanly possible. If Werdum is definite on the surgery and recovery time, this pretty much ruins any chance Fedor's people had at seeing that goal fulfilled.
This news is the second wrench that was thrown into the plans M-1 Global had for their golden child, which is kind of ironic considering the reputation they have for being difficult to deal with in business. The other sticking point centered around Fedor's contract with Strikeforce expiring
. "The Last Emporer" will have completed the requirements of his deal after his next fight with the promotion, whenever, and against whomever, that ends up being. That's where the unusual match against Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce title, despite losing his last fight, comes into play.