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Rumors: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson Slated for July 30th Showtime Event in Chicago

(To defeat Fedor, one must prepare like Fedor. / Props:

This morning, MMA Junkie reported that Strikeforce has penciled in July 30th for a major Showtime-televised event, which would put their plans for a pay-per-view event on the back-burner for now. According to the report, the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (just outside of Chicago), has surfaced as a possible venue, and Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson was named as a potential headliner. Scott Coker and Lorenzo Fertitta are currently working to arrange the matchup, while Dana White is doing his best not to meddle. (Said Dana last week at a UFC 129 press-conference: “Lorenzo’s working on it.┬áMe getting anywhere near that thing? You’ll never see that fight.”)

According to SBNation’s Jonathan Snowden, sources from both camps are now saying that the fight is on for 7/30 at the Sears Centre. Josh Gross adds that the bout will be at heavyweight. No official word from Strikeforce yet; we’ll update you when we know more. The Sears Centre was the site of Emelianenko’s last victory, against Brett Rogers back in November 2009. Since then, he’s suffered back-to-back stoppage losses against Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. Henderson last competed in March, when he defeated Rafael Cavalcante for the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title.

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Misfit29er- May 5, 2011 at 8:43 am
Great venue and only about 15 minutes from my house! I'll be there for sure!
Walrus- May 4, 2011 at 10:44 am
Saw Fedor the last time he was at the Sears Center and nearly took Rogers' head off.

I'm not missin this one
LOKI- May 4, 2011 at 5:33 am
Here we see Hendo performing a modern day interpritation of the trail of tears.
shayes99- May 4, 2011 at 5:28 am
Back in March the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that the UFC was looking to come back to Chicago this summer, probably at the United Center. Looks like this is what we get instead. Dana still owes us for UFC 90 and this doesn't cut it in my opinion.
kraussdaddy- May 4, 2011 at 5:12 am
I got Hendo's autograph on Friday night in Toronto. He said Fedor and him were on for sure in July!!
sunny118dollars- May 4, 2011 at 2:15 am
what is this guy doing?
Mongrel- May 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm
I'd usually back Fedor against anybody, but Hendo happens to be a MW-LHW and probably my favorite fighter. I wonder how much weight he's gonna put on, if any?
eriikr- May 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm
definitely going if it does end up happening!
Fried Taco- May 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Sears Centre would be great, pretty much a great view wherever you sit. I really enjoyed watching the IFL fights when they came in town both times.
Nut Puncher 9000- May 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm
and that means this guy could be 2 for 2 seeing Fedor in Chicago.