For all their accolades, Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko are not known for being the easiest fighters to negotiate with.
Henderson has found himself at odds with the UFC over contract negotiations and Emelianenko’s drawn-out and difficult contract negotiations are well documented, both with the UFC and Strikeforce. So, it’s easy to imagine that the booking of their superfight — which goes down this weekend in Strikeforce — was an arduous, back-and-forth process.
That wasn’t so much the case though, according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. Coker spoke with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani recently about the booking of the fight and explained that it was a rather quick and simple process.
“You know, I’ll tell you, actually it was simple,” Coker said of putting together Fedor vs. Henderson. “Dan called me and said, ‘Look, I wanna fight Fedor.’ And I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ So, I called up Steve Ash and I said, ‘Steve, is this a fight Fedor would be interested in?’ Fedor said, ‘Yeah, absolutely, it’d be an honor to fight him.’ And that’s how this fight got put together. I mean, they weren’t dancing around. It was probably put together in a couple days…”
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson goes down tomorrow night from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois; don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.