According to sources close to Emelianenko’s management team at M-1 Global, the fight is currently in the works for a late July date in a co-promoted M-1 Global/Strikeforce show.
While final agreements are not in place, the current plan is to feature Emelianenko vs. Henderson in a special heavyweight attraction with the agreed weight for the fight to be at 220 pounds.
One major point in this whole thing is to remember that pen has not yet been put to paper, so there are plenty of hiccups that could derail the fight, but at this point, it appears a deal is imminent.
If the final weight agreement comes in at 220 pounds, that of course takes Henderson’s light heavyweight title off the table, making this a special attraction main event, but not a championship bout.
A few more details need to be ironed out, but if all comes to fruition, look for Emelianenko and Henderson to square off on a show in late July, possibly on Showtime, but most likely on pay-per-view.
Emelianenko will be returning to action for the first time since suffering back-to-back losses, something the Russian legend has never faced before. After a submission defeat at the hands of Fabricio Werdum last year, Emelianenko fell short against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in February.
He will be looking to bounce back against Henderson, who just recently claimed the Strikeforce light heavyweight title by defeating Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
One other interesting note to this fight, if nothing changes between now and July, the fight with Emelianenko would be the last on Henderson’s current agreement with Strikeforce.
The Team Quest fighter confirmed when Zuffa purchased Strikeforce last month that he had one fight remaining on his deal, and unless an extension is reached before the fight with Emelianenko comes together, he would technically be a free agent when the bout is concluded.
MMAWeekly.com will continue to follow this story as it develops.