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Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce strike a deal

Fedor Emelianenko visited the International Training Center of

Fedor Emelianenko visited the International Training Center of New York in Long Island City. He greeted fans, spoke to the media and demonstrated some of his MMA moves. Fedor fights Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski on Saturday, January 24 at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. (Credit: Newsday.com/Mario H. Gonzalez)

Dana White said last week he threw buckets of money at Fedor Emelianenko to get the Russian heavyweight in the UFC but refused to agree to a co-promotion with M-1 Global, the organization that controls Fedor's contract.

Strikeforce, however, had no reservations about co-promotion, announcing Monday that they struck a multi-fight deal with "The Last Emperor."

Fedor was supposed to fight Josh Barnett this past weekend at Affliction's "Trilogy" event, but Barnett tested positive for steroids again, and Affliction ended its fight promotion entirely.

The deal bolsters Strikeforce's profile greatly as they add who many people claim to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Will we ever see Fedor fight Brock Lesnar? Not anytime soon, fight fans.

Tags: Strikeforce , Fedor Emelianenko , M-1 Global , Josh Barnett

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