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Henderson Sees Emelianenko As Having Lost Some Heart

Two legends of mixed martial arts will meet in the cage later this month in the main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.

Revered Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will meet gritty American bruiser Dan Henderson on July 30 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois in a fight that will cost him more to lose than his opponent.

After going essentially undefeated in the first thirty-two bouts of his professional career and cultivating an aura of invincibility, “The Last Emperor” was convincingly defeated twice in a row by Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva — fighters he was predicted to overcome easily — thereby shattering his aura and dropping his stock considerably.

After publicly contemplating retirement following his TKO loss to Silva, Emelianenko decided to saddle up for another ride and will now take on fellow Pride FC veteran Dan Henderson, who normally competes as a middleweight or light heavyweight, in a bout that could very well decide his professional future.

Though he’ll own a weight advantage over Hendo, Emelianenko won’t be in for an easy night, as the former Olympic wrestler is as hard-nosed and hard-hitting as they come. Speaking with recently, Henderson indicated that Emelianenko may have an even tougher evening than would he normally, as he feels the former Pride heavyweight champion has lost his competitive drive.

“I think the fact that it seems like his game hasn’t changed or gotten better in the last two or three years or since he left Pride (might be part of the issue),” Henderson said. “I don’t know. It doesn’t seem like his heart is into it the last couple of years. That changes outcomes of fights sometimes.”