One of the biggest fights that Strikeforce is currently working to put together for this summer is a high-profile bout between PRIDE FC legends Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko.
Both camps have indicated strong interest in the bout and it seemed to be all but a done deal, however, word is now that the two camps are having trouble coming to terms over what weight the bout will contested at — in a somewhat odd turn, Emelianenko’s camp is insisting the bout take place at a catchweight of around 220lbs., while Henderson prefers to face “The Last Emperor” at his natural weight class of heavyweight.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently appeared on MMAWeekly Radio, to whom he explained the difficulties of putting together the Hendo-Fedor superfight.
“That fight is not confirmed, it’s not by any means,” Coker said. “I would say let’s be cautious on how we frame that up. If that’s the $25 million dollar question, I would say until it’s finished, it’s never done. You know how many things can possibly go wrong in trying to get that fight together. We’re doing our best, but the devil’s in the details. When you have a fight of that quality at that catchweight, it’s like I said, the details are always the challenges in that.”
Despite the two camps’ clashing over weight, Coker told MMAWeekly that he is bound and determined to put that fight together.
“How could anybody not want to see that fight? You’ve got Dan who’s just going to bring it, and you’ve got Fedor who’s just going to bring it,” he said. “I’m working really hard to try to make that happen.”