It has been rumored off and on since his recent loss to Antonio Silva, but the signs are pointing to a highly increased likelihood that MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko will be facing fellow well-respected veteran Dan Henderson sometime this summer.
Though “The Last Emperor” may not be dropping to light heavyweight to take the fight, as some predicted, word from both camps is that a catchweight or even heavyweight bout would be agreeable by both men. Apy Echteld — a representative of Emelianenko’s management team M-1 Global — told ESPN recently that the stoic Russian is ready to get back on the horse after two consecutive losses and is interested in facing Henderson at an undetermined date this July.
“He agreed. He’s ready to fight,” said Echteld.
After suffering two defeats in a row, the call went up for Emelianenko to change things up in his famously forever the same training routine and he did just that: relocating to Holland for a time to improve his overall technique and conditioning. Echteld believes that this reinvention in training will help “The Last Emperor” return to the kind of form that once had him hailed as the best in the world, pound-for-pound.
“With his progress from training, I can only think he’ll be back the way he was,” Echteld said. “If he doesn’t win, he’ll make his own decisions like he does now. If he stops, he stops. But if he wins, I think he’ll continue fighting.”
No word yet on what Strikeforce has scheduled for July, or whether or not this bout will actually come to fruition, but it is being rumored that the fight could headline or at least appear on a pay-per-view under the Strikeforce banner.