Following their epic battle last weekend at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson — which went down at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois — PRIDE FC veterans Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko have entered into free agent status.
The two men fulfilled their current Strikeforce contracts with that battle, meaning that they’ll now enter into a renegotiation period with the promotion. Though they will both be allowed to let other promotions court their services, Henderson said after he defeated Emelianenko that he’ll be looking to stay with the promotion to defend his light heavyweight title.
“I’d like to defend my belt in Strikeforce,” Henderson said. “But it’s all up to Strikeforce and now Zuffa, the new owners. We’ll see what happens, but I’m just going to enjoy this victory for a while.”
Henderson also mentioned post-fight that he’s interested in putting his belt up in a unification bout against whoever holds the UFC title when that time comes.
Though he suffered his third consecutive defeat against Hendo, Fedor Emelianenko seemed much less eager to hang up his gloves following the bout than after his last, when he was defeated by Antonio Silva.
The devout Christian stopped short of saying for sure whether or not he’ll return to action — as he’s leaving the decision in God’s hands — but one thing is for sure: the Russian’s notoriously difficult management team will have less leverage than usual during negotiations as a result of The Last Emperor’s current three-fight losing streak.