It was reported awhile back that Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson would take in a combined $2.3 million ($1.5M to Fedor, $800k to Hendo) when they meet in their heavyweight “super fight” later this month. That’s basically Affliction money, so it’s no surprise to see Five Oz. reporting that the loser could be on their way out if they don’t come down on their salary demands.
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, Five Ounces of Pain has confirmed one of the core components of the matchmaking process in regards to their headlining bout on July 30 was the ability to sever professional ties with the loser based on the amount each earns in comparison to their perceived market value, as contracts are generally structured to allow for immediate release in the event of defeat.
Fedor makes sense. There’s no way Zuffa is going to continue to pay him and M-1 over a million dollars a fight coming off three losses, especially when you consider their history with M-1.
Hendo, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. He’ll still be Strikeforce’s light heavyweight champ regardless of the outcome, but he’s also on the last fight of his contract. Zuffa already proved once after he knocked out Michael Bisping that they’re not afraid to let him go if he wants more than they’re willing to pay. And that was when Hendo actually had somewhere else to go, so there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t do it again. That said though, I do expect Hendo to remain under the Zuffa banner whether he wins or loses since he really doesn’t have any other good options.
Fedor’s future, however, is much harder to predict. Who knows what M-1 would try to do with him if Zuffa kicks them to the curb.