It sounds like Fedor vs Dan Henderson is really gonna happen. Sports Illustrated throws down and says both sides are game for the fight:
Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson are onboard to square off in a proposed late July bout on Showtime, sources from both fighters’ camps told SI.com on Saturday.
Strikeforce officials said discussions for the summer blockbuster bout are under way, but that many details, including what weight the headliner will be contested at, as well as the date and venue, still need to be ironed out before the deal can be signed. Talks are expected to pick up speed next week, according to sources.
Multiple sources have said that Emelianenko and his M-1 Global management team are proposing a catchweight bout between 215-220 pounds to make the match more appealing for Henderson. However, sources within Henderson’s camp indicated the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion wishes to meet the former Pride Fighting Championships kingpin at heavyweight.
Scott Coker shared some info on the situation as well over fight weekend:
“We asked Fedor if he’d come down to 205 [pounds], and that didn’t come to a good result,” said Coker. “So, you know, we’re going to keep pushing and hopefully have something to announce in the next two weeks or so. Right now, the fight’s not made yet. Sometimes it’s the little things – and I don’t want to get into the contract negotiations – but it’s the little things where somebody wants this, somebody wants that.”
For some reason, I don’t think the big sticking point will be what weight class gets draped over this fight. More realistically, any holdup will be over the match occuring on PPV, and all the complications that entails when you’re dealing with a company like M-1 Global. Oh, and don’t forget a guy like Dan Henderson who expects to get paid properly for a superfight like this.