Last week we reported that Five Ounces of Pain reported that whoever lost in the fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson was going to find themselves renegotiating their contract at best or outright unemployed at worst. There’s also a vocal group of people that think whoever loses should straight up retire. Here’s the details on what’s going on with that, Hendo first.
One thing is for sure: Retirement isn’t an option for the 40-year-old Henderson, whose contract with Strikeforce will be completed after this fight.
No matter the outcome of this fight, Henderson’s wants to defend his light heavyweight title.
“I don’t have any plans on going anywhere,” said Henderson, who will take a pro record of 27-8-0 into the cage against Emelianenko. “I’d like to defend that Strikeforce [light heavyweight] belt and go from there. But we have to figure everything out at the same time.”
Now for the inside scoop on what’s up with Fedor’s contract:
Prior to his February fight with Silva, Emelianenko signed a four-fight extension. Though he still has three fights left on it including his upcoming tilt with Henderson, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to MMA Fighting that the deal is non-guaranteed. That means that Emelianenko could be cut with a third straight loss, a move that is no lock but is certain to be considered. Another possibility is that he is asked to take a pay cut in lieu of being cut. That could lead to a situation where Emelianenko and his M-1 management team either take a new deal or walk away from the Zuffa umbrella.
And it certainly doesn’t sound like Fedor is planning on retiring if he loses. Here’s a quote from MMAWeekly:
“I’d like to continue to fight,” he said. “I feel great, my health is great and I’m in good physical shape.”
Yep, not only is Fedor one of the best fighters in the world, he’ll totally boil any answer down to one or two sentences where other fighters would take a paragraph or three. Thinking about retiring? “Not really.” P4P #1 quote! This guy would totally crush it on Twitter.