“Gone to weigh in with Fedor, BRB. -Danny” PicProps: CombatLifestyle.com
Ladies and gentlemen, it is now an appropriate time to start geeking out about the next Strikeforce card — you know the one. Fedor-Hendo goes down at the end of the month and every MMA diehard will be sitting on the edge of their seats to see two PRIDE legends finally come together. Will The Last Emperor regain his classic form? Will Henderson score a victory that would likely be the highlight of his career? Will Fedor’s hilariously bad website gain something new and terribly translated?
(Seriously; the website is worth a look. Engrish motherfucker, do you speak it? An excerpt: “2003 ?. After competitions with Sam Shilt (Holland) and Hiz Hiring (USA), Fedor had a wrestling with Antonio Rodrigo Nagiera; Fedor gained the champion title. Later he gained the upper hand over Kazyuki Fudgita (Japan) and Gary Gudridg (Canada).”)
When Scott Coker first announced the matchup, he said it would be a catchweight bout at 220 pounds — possibly a gambit to get Fedor moving down in weight. Henderson contradicted Coker, saying that according to his contract the fight was at heavyweight, all the way up to 265, so Fedor can go ahead and eat all the ice cream and pickled elk or whatever it is that those Ruskies eat up there in Antarctica.
According to a new interview with MMAJunkie, Hendo says catchweight have always seemed kind of lame to him, he’s not scared of the big boys, and he’s not packing on any weight for the Fedor fight. Henderson has famously always walked around close to two hundred pounds, and when asked about his weight for the fight, Henderson said, “I think I have to weigh-in over 206, so 206.1, I guess. I was excited for the fight, in general, and I don’t care what he comes in at. I’ve never agreed with catchweights in the past, and I’m OK fighting up, so it is what it is.”
Translation: “230 pounds of Fedor don’t scare me; tell him to pack a lunch.”
Go ahead and share your predictions and thoughts on the fight. If Fedor loses, will he retire? If he wins, will he make his way down to light heavy? Will Henderson score the victory that Randy Couture chased for so many years? Will Mauro Ranallo compare Henderson’s fists to the Chernobyl meltdown? All will be revealed on July 30.