A previously rumored ‘superfight’ between current Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and Russian superstar Fedor Emelianenko is on course to become a reality later this year.
Following last night’s Strikeforce: Diaz Vs Daley event the promotion’s CEO Scott Coker revealed that the fight could take place sooner rather than later.
“The date, I would say, is probably late summer,” told MMAfighting. “Some things are still being negotiated.”
Coker went on to reveal that the weight limit is one of a number of details still to be established as they try to put this fight together.
“We asked Fedor if he’d come down to 205 [pounds], and that didn’t come to a good result. So, you know, we’re going to keep pushing and hopefully have something to announce in the next two weeks or so. Right now, the fight’s not made yet. Sometimes it’s the little things – and I don’t want to get into the contract negotiations – but it’s the little things where somebody wants this, somebody wants that.”
Hopefully a deal can be arranged, though bearing in mind that M-1 Global still manage Fedor, it’d be best not to count on this fight taking place just yet. According to ESPN’s Josh Gross, Fedor himself has expressed his desire to fight Henderson which is certainly a positive sign.
It’s believed that M-1 Global are currently holding out for a catchweight in the region of 216 – 220lbs, and though that may not be his first choice, that’s a weight that Henderson could make relatively comfortably, and so it’s likely he will agree to it.
If they can reach an agreement then this is a fight that will generate a lot of interest, and with Scott Coker recently revealing that a strikeforce pay-per-view card is in the works for July, Fedor Vs Henderson would undoubtedly be the caliber of fight that could successfully anchor such an event.