Scott Coker confirmed at a meeting with the media yesterday that Fedor Emelianenko will face Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson on July 30 from the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The bout will air on Showtime at a catchweight of 220lbs, and will be a non-title affair. It was also announced that the prelims for the event will air live on HDNet.
After losing his Strikeforce debut against then-champ Jake Shields, Henderson rebounded to earn knockout victories over both Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Rafael Cavalcante — the latter of which earned him the Strikeforce light heavyweight title.
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.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson takes place on July 30, 2011 from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.