Fedor vs. Henderson Super Fight Likely to End Up as Heavyweight Special Attraction

April 11, 2011
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More details about the pending Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson super fight have begun to emerge as the bout comes closer to being a done deal.

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.

  • Frye557

    I love this fight, its too bad it’s not taking place at LHW. Either way, Hendo is experiencedat this weight so I think it will be a very competitive fight.

  • Mario

    I think this is a great fight for Strikeforce. If Fedor fights Henderson at a weight of about 220lbs, then I expect for Dan to come in at about the same weight. Maybe 215. The point is Fedor will beat him. Fedor has always been able to beat the much bigger guys, but until recent times, it seems he’s made a few mistakes and been the smaller man. Silva dominated him based on size. Fedor vs Henderson is a great fight for Fedor. I give him the edge. I still say Fedor drops down to 205. If he destroys or just runs through Hendo, then I believe the ‘Last Emperor’ might consider it. I’m curious what the stipulation will be for this fight? Will the Light Heavyweight title be on the line? I doubt it, since it’ll be at Heavyweight. Still a great match. Even better for promoting the first ever SF PPV. 🙂

    • Frye557

      I agree, should be an awesome fight. It won’t be for the LHW title, but I can image if Fedor wins, he will more than likely drop down. I give Fedor the upper hand in this fight too. Def has a speed advantage, and I think his ground game is much better than Hendo. Both great fighters, should be a great fight, def worthy of PPV

  • Kuch

    This is a lose/lose fight for Fedor. If he wins, he beat a career Middleweight/Light Heavyweight. If he loses (which I think he will), then that will be 3 losses in a row. I’m surprised M1 wants to make this fight happen. I think Fedor would be better off finding another heavyweight opponent that would offer him a more “winnable” fight. Henderson is notoriously tough to finish and has a very legitimate chance of beating Fedor.

    • ShockednAwed

      Completely agree… M1 must have a lot of confidence in the rest of their roster.

  • jamin

    Good matchup, I am sure the Fedor lovers are getting their excuses arranged already if Fedor gets bludgeoned again 😉