After attempting to book Fedor Emelianenko to fight on their April show in Nashville, Strikeforce has come to terms with M-1 Global for the consensus #1 ranked Heavyweight MMA fighter in the world.

On June 26th from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko will attempt to defend the WAMMA Heavyweight Championship against “Vai Cavalo” Fabricio Werdum.

This should be a heated battle for Fedor Emelianenko as he attempts to get a measure of revenge for his family, as Fabricio Werdum got a first round submission victory (by arm triangle choke) three and a half years ago against Fedor’s brother, Aleksander Emelianenko.

For Fabricio Werdum, a victory would not only win him a championship, but it would also propel him up in the USA Today rankings, where he currently sits as the #10 ranked Heavyweight fighter in the world.

The winner of the June 26th Fedor v. Werdum fight will likely face the winner of next week’s Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship fight between reigning champion Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers.  Overeem has held the championship since November of 2007, and although he has never faced Fedor Emelianenko, he was defeated by Fabricio Werdum four years ago in May of 2006.  On the other side of the coin, Brett Rogers has yet to face Fabricio Werdum, but he was Fedor Emelianenko’s last victim back in November.

The remainder of 2010 could play a very important role in the visibility and perceived credibility of Strikeforce in the MMA marketplace.  Currently the four aforementioned Heavyweights involved in Strikeforce-related championship matches in the next two months are all ranked in the Top 10 of USA Today’s rankings, and although Fedor Emelianenko is considered the top Heavyweight in the world, he is the only Strikeforce fighter in the top 5 for the division.  Brett Rogers is ranked 8th, Alistair Overeem 9th, and Fabricio Werdum is 10th.  With high quality fights, any of those three fighters could easily put themselves into the top 5 in the rankings.  Currently the only fighters Strikeforce has access to who are considered top 5 in their respective weight divisions are Strikeforce Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and Strikeforce Middleweight champion Jake Shields – though Shields is currently without a contract with Strikeforce (though they are currently in negotiations after Jake Shields defeated Dan Henderson last month).

There are no other fights announced for the June 26th “Strikeforce 26” card, but Showtime will air five fights, including the main event match between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum.  A rematch from December 2009’s fight where Cung Le was defeated by Scott Smith is rumored to be in the works for Strikeforce 26, placing the fight in the same arena (HP Pavilion) in which the December fight took place.  That fight ended at 3:25 of round 3 by knockout due to punches.  The prevalent view of the first fight between Cung Le and Scott Smith was that Smith was dominated for the majority of the fight.  Smith is the only one to defeat Cung Le in either MMA (holding a record of 6-1) or Kickboxing (undefeated at 17-0).  Le is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Smith holds a professional record of 17-6-1.