Strikeforce’s two biggest stars will meet in the cage in a little over a week, when revered Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko faces gritty American bruiser Dan Henderson on July 30 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Although the fight will not be for Henderson’s Strikeforce light-heavyweight title since it will be contested at heavyweight, FiveOuncesOfPain.com reports that the loser of the bout will likely be sent packing.
According to the report, one of the major components in putting the fight together was to allow the promotion to sever ties with the loser. The decision is based on the amount each fighters earns “in comparison to their perceived market value.”
The report went on to note that the fighters are slated to earn $2.3 million combined for the bout, with Henderson earning $800,000 and Emelianenko the remaining amount, which is over a $1 million more than the entire disclosed payroll of UFC 132.
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. Emelianenko publicly contemplating retirement following his TKO loss to Silva, and it seemed likely that he would retire anyway with a loss to Henderson.
As for Henderson, the former two-division PRIDE champion currently holds the promotion’s 205 lb. strap and is on the last fight of his current deal. It is unknown if Zuffa, the new parent company of Strikeforce, would want to renegotiate a new deal, as the company let him walk when his contract came up in the UFC in 2009.
You can read the full report at FiveOuncesOfPain.com by clicking here.
Emelianenko will face Henderson in the main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, which goes down this July 30 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.