fedorThe man many consider to be the best fighter in the world will now be fighting for California-based MMA promotion Strikeforce.

Russian heavyweight Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko has signed a multi-fight contract which includes co-promotion with M1-Global. This aspect of the deal is what broke down negotiations between the and UFC, earlier last week.

The following comments are what Strikeforce, Fedor and M1-Global have to say on the new agreement.

Emelianenko had the following comments to share on the new deal…

“I am looking forward to going back to work and fighting at the highest level. STRIKEFORCE is a top fight promotion that houses some of the greatest fighters in the world, I am prepared to fight any of them.”

– Strikeforce Founder and CEO Scott Coker had the following to say on the new deal…

“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with M-1 Global and Fedor. Fedor has been the reigning king of MMA’s heavyweight division for quite some time now so being able to work with M-1 and Fedor will substantially increase the level of competition amongst the athletes in this weight class.”

– Vadim Finkelchtein, President of M-1 Global is also pleased with the deal…

“I am very happy and excited about the upcoming collaboration with Strikeforce. We are very pleased that we found a reliable partner and I feel that Strikeforce and M-1 can support each other on many things. This will create big opportunities for both parties to test their fighters against worthy opponents.”

Source: 411 Mania