Strikeforce announced this morning that they had signed Fedor Emelianenko to a multi-fight deal. This is a big coup for Strikeforce as the UFC was very interested in signing Fedor and pulled out all the stops to get him signed last week. UFC President Dana White must be really angry after hearing today's announcement from Strikeforce.
A lot of hardcore MMA fans consider Fedor to be the best fighter pound for pound in the sport. The mainstream fans are not familiar with him though and he is not a known entity in the United States. Strikeforce will have to promote him well so he can build up a strong following in this country.
Who will Fedor challenge in Strikeforce? While the competition won't be as stacked as in the UFC, Strikeforce will still have formidable opponents for him. Fighters such as Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Brett Rogers, and Paul Buentello are all possible and likely opponents for Fedor in the future.
Strikeforce could possibly sign former WWE supertar Bobby Lashley to take on Fedor as well if Lashley continues to progress as a MMA fighter. If fighters like Randy Couture still want a crack at Fedor, they must leave the UFC and go to Strikeforce now.
This deal looks to be mutually beneficial for both Strikeforce and Fedor. Fedor and his management sign a contract with the terms they wanted and Strikeforce now has a great addition to their heavyweight roster.