Rumors of an enticing bout between MMA legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson have been bandied about since Emelianenko’s last fight — a losing effort this February against Antonio Silva — seemed to prove the necessity for the Russian fighter to drop weight classes in order to compete with men closer to his size.
Whether or not The Last Emperor will actually make the cut from heavyweight to light heavyweight is unsure and seems unlikely, given the latest word from his camp. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Emelianenko is not considering a move down to light heavyweight, but is entertaining the idea of catchweight bouts held at some ten to fifteen pounds lighter than his usual fighting weight of around 230lbs.
However, the rumored match up between Henderson — the current Strikeforce light heavyweight champ — and Emelianenko is reportedly (also by SI.com) being discussed by both parties, with the main sticking point seemingly being at what weight they will compete. According to SI’s report, Emelianenko and his camp are willing to take the fight at a catchweight of between 215-220lbs., whereas Henderson is looking to go hell for leather and face Fedor at heavyweight. Should the bout come to fruition, it is likely that it will take place sometime in July, though at what exact event/date is unknown.
After faltering in his Strikeforce debut against then-champ Jake Shields, Henderson got back on the horse and knocked out both Renato “Babalu” Sobral and then Rafael Cavalcante — the latter of which earned him the Strikeforce 205lbs. strap.
Once considered to be the pound-for-pound best fighter in the sport, Emelianenko’s stock has fallen after two consecutive losses in Strikeforce, to Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva, respectively.