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Fedor's next fight: Feb. 12 in Jersey

Fedor Emelianenko poses for photos after knocking out

Fedor Emelianenko poses for photos after knocking out Andrei Arlovski in the first round at Affliction's Day of Reckoning on Jan. 24, 2009. Credit: M-1 Global Photo

According to reports floating around the Internet (on credible websites) Monday, Fedor Emelianenko will next step into the Strikeforce cage on Feb. 12 in a heavyweight main event at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Fedor will fight Antonio Silva, a top heavyweight within the Strikeforce promotion. It is reported to be a quarterfinal bout in the much-discussed heavyweight tournament for Strikeforce. The winner of the eight-man tournament would earn a title shot against Alistair Overeem. Presumably, that is, since Overeem fights regularly in other promotions but rarely defends his Strikeforce title.

There's another rumor running around that also on the Feb. 12 card is Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett. That should be dicey since Barnett has twice tested positive for steroids, and the California State Athletic Commission has yet to hear his appeal on the second reportedly positive test.

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