Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson are still negotiating a deal that would see the pair face off in Strikeforce on a July fight card, but the snags have nothing to do with weight.
Several sources have indicated when speaking to MMAWeekly.com, that both Emelianenko and Henderson have agreed to meet at any weight Strikeforce feels comfortable.
Originally, rumors surfaced that Henderson was asking for a heavyweight fight, while Fedor’s side was looking for a catchweight fight at 220 pounds. It now appears that both fighters are on board for a bout at any weight, but other issues still exist.
Those issues revolve around money and where the show will take place.
It appears that both sides are trying to come to a final number for pay for the fighters, as well as whether the fight would appear on Showtime or a pay-per-view broadcast.
Strikeforce has been feeling out the process to put together a pay-per-view in July, but nothing has been set in stone.
At this point, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta has entered the fray to hopefully help make Fedor vs. Henderson a reality instead of just a rumor. UFC president Dana White confirmed Fertitta’s involvement, while also stating he would not be getting personally involved.
“Lorenzo’s in it; Lorenzo’s in it right now,” White told MMAWeekly.com. “He’s working on it. Me getting anywhere near that thing, you’ll never see that fight.
“The great thing about this company and the way we do things, there’s a lot of people I butt heads with or whatever, Lorenzo can handle it, I can handle stuff, Joe Silva handles stuff, there’s a lot of people. We don’t have to be friends for you to fight in the UFC. We don’t have to get along. It’s business.”
Sources close to Emelianenko’s camp have indicated that he has to take the fight, and is ready to step back in the cage in July, but until a few of the details are resolved, the fight remains a fantasy and not yet a reality.