Since MMAFighting.com’s Mike Chiappetta issued the call for a Strikeforce superfight between PRIDE veterans Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko, rumors indicating that the match up is being worked toward by Strikeforce officials have abounded.
Despite the fact that the two are in non-corresponding stations in their respective careers–Emelianenko is coming off of two straight defeats and “Hendo” just won the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship with a highlight reel knockout over Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante–and the fact that Emelianenko fights one weight class above Henderson, there still exists significant interest in a Henderson-Emelianenko superfight. However, the dream fight may never come to fruition, as Emelianenko’s management team, M-1 Global, recently stated that they have not discussed Hendo-Fedor in any capacity (props to MiddleEasy.com).
“At this time it is all rumor with no truth. It’s not anything M-1 has considered at all,” said a representative from the company. “Should it be decided that Fedor would consider dropping to 205, M-1 would make an official announcement.”
Many have called for Emelianenko to drop to light heavyweight, as the size disparity between himself and other top heavyweights has increased drastically (take Antonio Silva and Alistair Overeem, for example); whether or not “The Last Emperor” would or could is unknown. It would be difficult to justify Emelianenko’s claim to a title shot after coming off of two losses, so a catchweight fight would be an option, though Henderson barely weighs an ounce over 205lbs.
The prospect of Henderson vs. Emelianenko is an intriguing one for sure, but it is clear that their are logistical issues to be tackled before the match up could be made.