Yesterday, Fedor Emelianenko's people said his Strikeforce fight against Fabricio Werdum would take place in May, not April as originally thought.

Today, Fedor's people say he won't fight Alistair Overeem unless he tests clean for performance-enhancing drugs. So says M-1's Apy Echtfeld, one of Fedor's people, to Dutch site Sounds like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, doesn't it? (Maybe just a little?)

In other words, Fedor's people suspect what many others in the MMA world think: Overeem is on the juice, or at least knows how to cycle in and out and avoid testing positive. His not fighting in the United States the past two years has given rise to such a school of thought.

A disclaimer before we continue: Fightin' Words has absolutely no idea what Overeem does or doesn't do, nor are we claiming that he's a juicehead.

It is somewhat intriguing that Overeem is technically the heavyweight champion of Strikeforce, yet he has not defended the title since winning it on Nov. 16, 2007. Since then, the "Demolition Man" has fought seven times (6-0, 1 no contest).

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Fedor's people insisting on such a testing from an independent party will no doubt be a sticking point in any negotiations. If Strikeforce were smart, they'd strip Overeem of the title and set up a four-person tournament to determine the next champion.

It would certainly lend more credence to Strikeforce as a legitimate promotion that can police itself. Plus, think of the hype it would build, especially for a pay-per-view bout later this year. Two semifinal heavyweight bouts on the same PPV card is a strong marketing move.