Fedor Emelianenko a Slight Favorite in Superfight Versus Dan Henderson

Todd SeylerContributor IMay 16, 2011

Fedor Emelianenko versus Dan Henderson
Fedor Emelianenko versus Dan Henderson

According to MMA Weekly, the pending super-fight between "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko versus "Hollywood" Dan Henderson is almost a done deal.

Sources close to Emelianenko's management at M-1 Global have stated that this epic matchup will take place on July 30th at the Hoffman Estates in Illinois.

With final negotiations still on the table, a catch-weight of 220 pounds for the two mixed martial arts veterans seems to be in place.

Bringing his prolific 31-3 overall MMA record to the cage, Emelianenko will be looking to bounce back from his only two defeats inside the Octagon.

Across the cage, Dan Henderson sports an amazing 27-8 MMA record and currently wears the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship crown.

Due to the catch-weight of 220 pounds, Henderson's title will not be awarded to the victor.

Additionally, this fight will be co-promoted by M-1 Global and Strikeforce and therefore will air on Showtime, possibly on pay-per-view, however.

With details still needing to be ironed out, the fight itself seems to be imminent.

An additional note, this fight between two of ultimate fighting's best ever will be the last contracted fight for Dan Henderson within Strikeforce.

He will technically be a free agent at the conclusion of his battle with Emelianenko.

With a tumultuous relationship with Dana White ever-present, it is not a guarantee that Henderson will be signed to the UFC roster at the conclusion of this fight.

One final mention, Vegas odds-makers have awarded Fedor Emelianenko a slight favorite (-280) over Dan Henderson (+210).

Regardless of the promotion or the future of either fighter, this clash of hall-of-fame fighters should be memorable for years to come.

Enjoy the fight.

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Todd Seyler

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