How is Fedor Emelianenko affected by the UFC purchase of Strikeforce?

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Well, according to Evgeni Kogan (via MMAWeekly.com), he's not:

"Fedor's contract is with Showtime Networks Inc. and we're excited to be working with such a premium North American outlet. The purchase of Strikeforce doesn't affect M-1 at all. Our TV deal is with Showtime and we're happy. It's business as usual for M-1 Global as we close into our March 25 event."

Much the same as the PRIDE acquisition didn't mean Fedor to the UFC, the Strikeforce acquisition doesn't as well. That's because Emelianenko has a contract with Showtime, which means he is unaffected by the blockbuster deal Zuffa just made to obtain the San Jose based promotion. M-1 Global also recently signed a deal with Showtime to broadcast multiple events throughout 2011 and that will proceed as planned, starting with a show on March 25. So for all those hoping to finally see "The Last Emperor" inside the Octagon, it looks like those dreams have been foiled once again. However, after the Russian lost his last two bouts, one of which he was crushed by Antonio Silva, and contemplated retirement, is that such a big loss? Do you still want to see Dana White try to make a deal to bring him on board before the end of his legendary career?

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