A long-rumored fight between PRIDE legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson has finally been booked, according to SB Nation’s Jonathon Snowden. The fight is expected to headline a major Strikeforce event on July 30 in Chicago.
There were a rumblings that this event would mark Strikeforce’s debut on pay-per-view, however MMA Junkie is hearing the show will air on Showtime instead.
Multiple sources close to negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Strikeforce has earmarked July 30 for a major Showtime-televised event, putting on hold plans for a pay-per-view event.
A location for the Showtime event has yet to be confirmed, though the Sears Centre in suburban Chicago has surfaced as one possible locale.
It’s still unclear what weight the fight will be contested at. This twitter exchange between Snowden and ESPN’s Josh Gross illustrates the uncertainty.
Hopefully, we’ll get clarification soon.
Update: MMA Fighting’s Mike Chiappetta has an update on the fight. It’s not signed but it’s very close and may be announced in the next 24-72 hours. The fight will take place at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) on July 30. Officially, the fight will be contested in the heavyweight division but apparently there’s a “gentleman’s agreement” in place to come in at 220 or under.
Are you guys excited for this fight?