Report: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson Confirmed for Chicago in July

Written by Tom Ngo
May 3rd, 2011

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According to MMAEncyclopedia, the hotly rumored super-fight between Strikeforce stars Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson will go down July 30th in Chicago, Illinois.

A source close to the situation told the outlet the scrap will take place at a catchweight of 220 pounds, but will be promoted as a heavyweight affair. Showtime will broadcast the event, so fans can thankfully kiss all that pay-per-view debut talk goodbye.

It is currently unknown which venue will host the blockbuster show.

Although Henderson is Strikeforce’s reigning light heavyweight champion, he had no qualms with jumping up to swim in Fedor’s pond. Emelianenko consistently tips the scales at around 230lbs., while Henderson weighed in at 204ish for each of his last two outings. He fought in the middleweight division prior to that.

Since rattling off 27 consecutive victories, Emelianenko has dropped two straight scraps and hinted at retirement after getting mauled by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in February. The heavyweight division’s G.O.A.T. owns a 31-3 (1 NC) career mark.

Henderson holds a 27-8 record and was last seen taking the 205-pound title from Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante in March. The mixed martial arts icon turns 41 this August.

Here are the athletes expected to participate in the extravaganza:

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Ovince St. Preux
Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson (Heavyweight Fight/220-Pound Catchweight)

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