Fedor Emelianenko, the mercurial heavyweight  fighter, finally returns to the cage for Strikeforce on June 26.

Considered by many to be the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Emelianenko (31-1) will fight Fabricio Werdum in San Jose, Calif., in a Strikeforce/M-1 Global co-promoted event.

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The fight will air on Showtime, which is Strikeforce's cable partner.

Emelianenko was originally going to fight Werdum on the April 17 card on CBS but wasn't healthy enough to go.

Assuming Emelianenko wins this fight, it would make sense that he fights the winner of the May 15 Alistair Overeem-Brett Rogers heavyweight title bout later this year for the belt.

And should Emelianenko get past Werdum (13-4-1), a former UFC heavyweight with wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Brandon Vera and Alexsander Emelianenko, that should spark some exciting debate. Why? Brock Lesnar is supposed to be fighting Shane Carwin on July 3.