Strikeforce: Fedor Emelianenko vs Dan Henderson, Only a Matter of Time

Elliott SaltaresContributor IApril 13, 2011

Prior to ever signing with Strikeforce, Dan Henderson discussed possiblity.

According to sources, Fedor's team has offered a catch weight bout at 220 pounds in order to make the fight more appealing.

So will Dan Henderson, Strikeforce's reigning light-heavyweight champion, accept a match with heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko?


Henderson's manager Aaron Crecy recently told MMA Fighting that although Hendo has yet to actually receive an offer for said bout he would look forward to it:

"Dan admires [Fedor] and feels it's a challenge he's wanted to take for a long time," Crecy said. "He's embraced the possibility of it for a long time."

Crecy stated that since the proposed fight was initially Henderson's idea, it's his obligation to challenge Emelianenko in the weight class Fedor prefers:

"Dan has indicated he'd love to have the fight and he hasn't shied away from that," Crecy said. "He'd love to have the fight, and have it at heavyweight. He's happy to challenge Fedor there."

Crecy made it clear that whether Emelianenko prefers heavyweight, light-heavyweight or a catch weight, Henderson would accept the fight:

"Dan [Henderson] certainly wants it from his end, he's saying he wants the fight and he wanted to leave no reason for Fedor [Emelianenko] not to accept it." Crecy said" He's not asking for a catch weight or 205."

For Hendo, the weight issue is nothing to split hairs over. A move up in weight wouldn't be anything new to him.

In PRIDE, he simultaneously held both the 183- and 205-pound championships.

In Emelianenko's case, his usual fight weight is about 20 pounds heavier than Henderson's, but physically his frame is comparable to many light-heavyweights who cut weight to make 205.

Although an official offer has not yet been made, Crecy did mention that Strikeforce asked for confirmation that Henderson would accept the fight before approaching Fedor's M-1 team:

"We're not involved with the dialogue on the other side." he said "That's between Strikeforce and M-1. We have respect for Fedor & M-1 management and we're optimistic something will be worked out. If M-1 and Strikeforce work out what they need to work out, Dan will be excited to take the fight."

An M-1 representative told MMA Fighting that Emelianenko is as interested in the fight as Henderson is:

"[Henderson] wants the fight, and Fedor wants it, too," Crecy  said. "It's a fight that can only be good for the fans, the promotion and fighters," Crecy said. "Two icons, two legends of the sport. There's no reason not to do it."



Elliott Saltares is a sports pundit, fan, and contributing writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on twitter @elliottsaltares.