Strikeforce News: Fedor Emelianenko Out 4-6 Months With Thumb Injury



Fedor Emelianko might have won the war, but he didn’t come out injury free.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker,

Emelianenko, 33, also is dealing with health issues. He suffered a fracture and tendon damage in his left thumb, and a fractured nose in the Rogers fight, Coker said. Emelianenko stopped in Los Angeles on Monday to be treated for the injuries.

“[The hand injury] could’ve been from that blow when he had Brett on the mat at the end,” Coker said. “We’re hearing he could be out for four to six months.” [LA Times]

Fedor injury will likely keep him out till early fall. It is expected that his next opponent would be Alistair Overeem next for the Strikeforce heavyweight belt.

Fedor is recently married and it wouldn’t be surprised if he is looking for a little downtime after his big win.


  1. CobraClutch

    November 10, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Can't wait for the Alistair fight. That'll be the best Strikeforce can offer for Fedor.


    November 10, 2009 at 7:20 am

    But I though he said he was never in danger? lol just kidding.

  3. CobraClutch

    November 10, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Fedor was never in danger of the fight ending. He took some pounds on the ground and I thought he was in "danger"…then I saw he was just setting up that arm bar pretty nicely. In a ring it woulda been over, but the cage prevented Fedor from getting that second foot over.

    Great fight, though. Fedor took a beating and KO'ed a huge opponent, and Rogers showed he got some fight skills and can hang with the best…literally.

  4. corey

    November 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    was shogun thats exactly what i was thinking. in the post fight he said he was never in danger all went as planned. i'm thinking breaking your nose in the first round wasn't in the plans.

  5. shawn

    November 11, 2009 at 1:07 am

    that just means Overeem can keep Fedor's belt warm for 4 to 6 months longer!!!

  6. Ryan S

    November 11, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Well come on, he ran into one issue with the cage. That will just take some getting used to. Every fighter has gotten fucked over by the cage at least once. Sucks it happened in his first fight in a cage though, I guess. It was his first, right?

  7. Tim

    November 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    And that Cobra Clutch is exactly why Fedor will lose in a Cage, the things in the ring that he could do he wont be able to do them in a cage you proved my point all along. i am still hoping that Fedor has some balls and is still just getting used to the cage before he signs with the UFC to face the real competition.

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