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Hendo Says No to 220, Will Fight Fedor at Heavyweight

(Vid: YouTube/ClinchGear)

When Dan Henderson tweeted a link to the above video interview with his boys at Clinch Gear Radio earlier today and promised it contained the “real deal” about his potential fight with Fedor Emelianenko, we didn’t exactly expect a bombshell. Didn’t get one, either, as Hendo and Co. spend most of the 10:45 talking about the Zuffa, LLC acquisition of Strikeforce and his light heavyweight title victory over Rafael Feijao. When the topic does finally turn to the rumored superfight with Emelianenko, Henderson says he’d be all for it, with one sort of surprising caveat: He says he wouldn’t take the fight if it is offered to him at 220-pounds.

Nope, as if to confirm his status as an all-around badass, Hendo sounds like he wants no part of such made-up nonsense, he’ll take Fedor at heavyweight or not at all. Watch the vid if you don’t believe us. “It would be an honor to fight him and if I did fight him, there would be no catchweight,” Henderson says. “I don’t do those at all. If I’m going to fight him at his weight, I’m going to fight him at his weight … I wouldn’t take the fight if it was at a catchweight.”

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jfjjfjff- April 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm
hendo is smart. i wouldn't want to fight a lighter, leaner, quicker, more in shape fedor either.
Stak40- April 14, 2011 at 7:32 am
If i am wrong please tell me but couldnt Fedor drop down to 206 and it still be a heavyweight fight? I kind of dont understand why they would make it a catchwieght fight unless it to ensue Henderson doesnt come in at 230 and Fedor drops to 220. Even if thats the case isnt part of Fedors glory the fact that he beats people bigger than him.
AussieJosh- April 14, 2011 at 7:04 am
Why not at 205!? Fedor has been talking about dropping down to it...
LOKI- April 14, 2011 at 5:32 am
Its hard to fathom Fedor loosing this fight at any weight, if Dan cant KO Rich Franklin...
but I agree that it only really benefits anyone at 205.
Dagnut- April 14, 2011 at 4:05 am
So Dan thinks Strike force fights have been more exciting and the merger might not be good for up and coming fighters...but sure what does he know?
SnackDaddy- April 14, 2011 at 1:32 am
I don't think Fedor should drop down to 205. He's achieved too much as a heavy weight to do this and it would look like he's accepting defeat. Besides, i don't think Fedor has it in him to make another successful title run, whether at 205 or as a heavy weight.
What Fedor needs to do is retire on his own terms. Maybe accept the hendo fight as his last fight, as a homage to his fans and the sport. Even if he loses then, he would be losing to another legend and it won't look that bad. I'd hate to see the same thing happen to Fedor that happened to Cro Cop.
whitey- April 14, 2011 at 12:00 am
suck my balls
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Spicymeatball- April 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm
Fedor needs to just shed a little of his fat and drop to 205. This catch weight bullshit just shows how lazy he is. He ways 229 at most he cant shed 8 pounds of fat and then cut to 205. He would be an instant contender at 205, and if he went to middleweight he'd be the one guy to challenge Anderson, and you know Anderson wouldn't pull any of his clowning against one of the greatest fighters ever.
skeletor- April 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm
Didn't Dan fight Franklin at a catch weight? Just what I remember and I'm to lazy to look it up. But Fedor is a bad ass andjust to prove it he should show up at 215 or 220 anyway.
Bill Jackson- April 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm
I think it would taint Fedor's legacy for him to move down in weight. I hate when a once great fighter moves down at the end of their career to try and resurrect something. They usually don't fare well and it just makes them look bad. He is a small heavyweight and after a couple more fights he should just retire. I will always remember him as the original king of the heavyweights.
Hesh to Steel- April 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm
It pretty much is an open weight bout. This will still be a fascinating bout. Hendo won't have to cut weight, so that'll make for a better contest, and these are two of the hardest hitting guys in MMA. I personally don't care if it's not for a belt, because, let's face it, a SF belt doesn't really mean all that much, does it?
Fedor Penn- April 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Open weight just like Pride used to do.
FeelDaRiddum- April 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Fedor would be legit at LHW, M-1 is doing what they do best ruining MMA for the fans.
intercept440- April 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm
nah badwood your 100 percent correct, painful is an understatement
Morningwood- April 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm
is it just me or is Dan lucky he's a fighter and not a motivational speaker. that was a painful watch.
Sgt. 606- April 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm
I think it is utterly ridiculous that Fedor wont drop the spare tire and fight at 205. I realize he has nothing left to prove in this sport, but why not at least try it once to see how he would perform. I, for one, would love to see it because I think he would be spectactular at 205.
AceCondor- April 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm
This fight does nothing for Fedor unless it's at Light-Heavy weight for the belt. If it's not that, Fedor has everything to lose and Hendo has everything to gain. Fedor could make a decent second chapter if he shed the ample pudge and dropped. Why wouldn't M1 want a belt around their cash cow's waist?
Fried Taco- April 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Yeah, why bulk up to 220 anyway? Let Fedor eat all the ice cream he wants, it's not going to help!