Though Fedor is a heavyweight and considered by many to be the best fighter in the world, he is not fighting for Strikeforce's heavyweight belt. The championship is up for grabs on May 15, when Rogers takes on the champ, Alistair Overeem. This set-up turns the Strikeforce heavyweight division into a two-headed monster where heavyweights can be sent down two different paths: Fight for the belt or fight the best in the world.
This bout will allow the Emelianenko family to try to exact some revenge against Werdum. He defeated Fedor's brother, Aleksander, with a first-round submission in 2006. Werdum is coming off two wins in a row, a decision over Antonio Silva and a submission of Mike Kyle.
- Fedor Emelianenko
- Fabricio Werdum
- Brett Rogers