After much speculation and rumor-mongering, the superfight between Pride FC veterans Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson was booked for mid-summer in the Strikeforce promotion.
To be contested at heavyweight, the fight pits two of Strikeforce’s most marketable stars — and one of its champions — against one another in a three-round, non-title affair. Having recently wrested the light heavyweight belt from former champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, Henderson sits at the top of a division full of injured contenders or fighters on the brink of entering or returning to contendership — but with no clear frontrunner to the crown.
While the established competitors recover from injury or seek to make a stronger case for themselves to fight for the title, “Hendo” sees a quick trip up in weight to take on a legend the perfect way to bide his time.
As Henderson recently told Sherdog.com during an appearance on the Savage Dog Show: “I think that fight, as far as in Strikeforce, it’s the one that makes the most sense right now. It’s a big fight. All the fans want to see it.”
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is likely to take place this July 30 at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.