In spite of the fact that both former PRIDE champions are from completely different weight classes, it looks like a proposed bout between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and former pound-for-pound king Fedor Emelianenko has been agreed to in principle by both fighters.
According to a report by MMAFighting that cites Henderson’s manager Aaron Crecy as well as “a source with knowledge of the situation” and an unnamed rep from M-1 Global, Hendo and “The Last Emperor” have both said they would accept the fight if offered.
Crecy told Mike Chiappetta that reps from Strikeforce asked Henderson whether he would be willing to take the non-title bout at a 220-pound catchweight and that his client told them he would take the fight no matter what weight it was contested at.
“Dan has indicated he’d love to have the fight and he hasn’t shied away from that. He’d love to have the fight, and have it at heavyweight. He’s happy to challenge Fedor there. It’s a fight that can only be good for the fans, the promotion and fighters. Two icons, two legends of the sport. There’s no reason not to do it,” Crecy explained. “Dan certainly wants it from his end, he’s saying he wants the fight and he wanted to leave no reason for Fedor not to accept it. He’s not asking for a catch weight or 205. We’re not involved with the dialogue on other side. 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.”
Evgeni Kogan the anonymous M-1 source, the only thing left to hammer out would be the date and location of the event.
“It looks like [Henderson] wants the fight, and Fedor wants it, too,” he said.