The long rumored bout between Fedor Emelianenko and current Strikeforce 205-pound champion Dan Henderson is on the verge of being signed, as a report has confirmed that bout agreements have been issued to both parties.
MMAWeekly is citing a source close to the negotiations who told the website the bout will take place at heavyweight at Strikeforce’s July 30 card in Chicago.
When the bout was originally, proposed it was believed it would be the promotion’s first pay-per-view event, but it seems a change of heart has pushed the fight to Showtime. It’s possible Zuffa’s purchase of Strikeforce could’ve had an impact on the decision to air the event on the premium cable channel.
As is customary with all of Emelianenko’s most recent bouts, the summer event will be co-promoted with M-1 Global.
Many thought the former consensus top-ranked heavyweight would retire after suffering back-to-back losses to Fabricio Werdum and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, respectively, but an intriguing bout looms for the Russian.
Henderson has won his last two fights under the Strikeforce banner following a shocking setback against Jake Shields in his promotional debut. The Team Quest trained fighter secured the light heavyweight title when he stopped former champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante last March.