That's the word from M-1 Global director of operations Evgeni Kogan (via ESPN):
"Fedor is observing the [NJACB's] 90-day suspension, and will not compete at the Russian Combat Sambo champs over the weekend."
Despite the damage incurred to his eye in his last fight against Antonio Silva on Feb. 12 at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Silva" in New Jersey, famed Russian superstar Fedor Emelianenko had announced his intention to disregard the New Jersey Athletic Control Board's 90-day suspension in favor of participating in the Combat Sambo event taking place this weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia. However, there has obviously been a change of heart among the Fedor camp, who reportedly did not realize the significance of the suspension Emelianenko was given. Failure to adhere to the mandatory vacation may have affected "The Last Emperor's" ability to hop back into the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix tournament, once it gets back underway. With that said, has M-1 become more cautious in the wake of their prized client's back-to-back losses? Or are they just doing what they can to protect the company cash cow?