Fedor: "This is an important match for me and something that I personally want to happen. There have been conversations about putting this match-up together in the past and now is the time to begin making this bout possible."
Evgeni Kogan: "As a global mixed martial arts company committed to driving the evolution of the sport and showcasing match-ups that the fans deserve to see, we want to make this bout a reality in 2010."
Well, it doesn't get any more clear than that. After years of speculation that Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 Global wanted nothing to do with current Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, it appears as though Team "Last Emperor" is finally ready to make this mega-fight happen. In a joint press release from M-1 Global and Fedor himself, the Russian heavyweight has now officially placed the ball in Overeem's court. I'm not even going to ask if anyone is opposed to this match up, because even considering Fedor's recent shocking loss, this fight is among a handful of dream bouts that fight fans have been waiting for. So, if the folks at Strikeforce, or whatever promotion this battle takes place under, and M-1 Global along with "The Reem's" camp can all come together and bring this showdown to fruition, who ya got? Does Emelianenko's first loss in a decade have you leaning toward Overeem? Or, was the Werdum defeat nothing more than a, dare I say it, fluke, while Fedor is still the same cold-blooded killer he always has been? Opinions, please.