Perhaps the biggest fight in Strikeforce history has reportedly been finalized as SB Nation’s Jonathan Snowden reports that Fedor Emelianenko will face Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson on July 30th in Chicago, IL on Showtime. The bout will be a non-title affair at a catchweight of 220lbs, but promoted as a heavyweight contest.
“Sources close to both fighters tell me the Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson fight has been finalized for July 30th in Chicago on Showtime,” Snowden posted on his Twitter.
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. After suffering those defeats, 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.
While not officially announced by the organization, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is expected to take place on July 30, 2011 from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.