Yesterday there was considerable excitement after a report originating from Fighters Only Magazine suggested that Fedor Emelianenko was contemplating a move down to 205lbs to fight Dan Henderson later in the year.
Strikeforce have since responded to the story, and while they don’t completely shoot it down, they have indicated that it’s not something that’s likely to happen in the near future.
“There have been “preliminary discussions only” for Hendo vs. Fedor. Wouldn’t be in June/July when Hendo wants to fight next,” MMAJunkie reported on Twitter after speaking with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
Meanwhile Fedor’s management M-1 Global have categorically denied that this is happening.
“At this time it is all rumor with no truth. It’s not anything M-1 has considered at all. Should it be decided that Fedor would consider dropping to 205, M-1 would make an official announcement,” M-1 Global’s Mike Nicholl told MiddleEasy.com.
The current indication is that the winner of April’s Gegard Mousasi Vs Mike Kyle bout is the most likely candidate to fight for Henderson’s title next. Fedor’s next fight is less clear, but it’s known that they have been considering the loser of Fedor Werdum Vs Alistair Overeem in June as a potential opponent for him.