Emelianenko vs. Silva Targeted for Feb. 12, but Deal Not Yet Done

Fedor EmelianenkoStrikeforce is targeting a Feb. 12 matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, but the bout is still not a done deal, according to sources in Strikeforce as well as Emelianenko's camp.

The bout, which was first reported by Sherdog, is the intended direction if Strikeforce and Emelianenko's M-1 management agency can finalize a new deal.

A source in Emelianenko's camp told MMA Fighting that it was likely that Emelianenko's participation on the card would require that the deal be done by the end of this week, and that the two sides had several outstanding issues to deal with.

A source in Silva's camp said he has already agreed to face Emelianenko.

Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz said simply, "Nothing confirmed yet."

If the two sides can get it done, it would mark Emelianenko's return to the cage after suffering his first loss in nearly 10 years. Emelianenko was submitted by Fabricio Werdum in June.

Since then, Emelianenko's management team has been locked in contract negotiations with Strikeforce in an effort to extend a deal which was set to expire after his next fight.

The loss to Werdum snapped a record 29-fight unbeaten streak for Emelianenko (32-2, 1 no contest). The first-round triangle/arm bar loss took just 69 seconds.

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