Following his big knockout victory over Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante this past weekend, everyone is wondering what’s next for new Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson. With no obvious title contenders on the horizon (though the Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle winner has been mentioned), several writers have suggested a novelty fight against former heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko. Dan Henderson told MMA Junkie today that he would definitely be up for the challenge.
“Obviously, he’s still one of the top guys out there in the world, and it would be a huge challenge,” Henderson said. “It would interest me to go up.”
What are the chances of this fight happening though? Well, according to Scott Coker, they are at least considering it. He told MMA Junkie’s Steven Marrocco that they’ve only had “preliminary discussions,” but if it does happen, it wouldn’t this summer when Hendo plans to fight again.
I’m not big on these types of novelty fights, especially ones involving Fedor Emelianenko. We’ve had enough of those over the years. However, Fighter’s Only is hearing a scenario that would make this match-up very interesting. Word is Fedor is actually considering working off his doughy midsection and dropping down to light heavyweight to challenge Hendo for the title.
Fedor Emelianenko could challenged for the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title this year.
Sources close to the Russian say he is giving serious consideration to the prospect of fighting newly crowned Dan Henderson at 205 pounds.
Negotiations are underway and – if past experience is anything to go by – are likely to go on for some time. But the fight is of interest to all parties and is likely to happen later this year.
Pundits and fans have been calling for Fedor to drop to light heavyweight for years now. He never had a reason to before when he was winning but after getting dominated by Bigfoot Silva, he may be realizing that the days of using his speed to take out giant heavyweights are coming to a close, especially when he’s slowing down himself.
- Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley
- Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle
- Shinya Aoki vs. Lyle Beerbohm
- KJ Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal
It’s not the heavyweight grand prix, but that’s a fun card.
Update: M-1’s Evgeni Kogan says there is no truth to reports that Fedor is considering dropping down to light heavyweight to fight Dan Henderson.
“There have been no discussions with us,” he said. “Any discussions have been solely on the other side of the Atlantic.”
“The way that things work with us is that Fedor always makes the decisions,” he said. “I can’t speak on his behalf. I can say that there’s been no discussions with us about this, and so we’ve not been involved with discussions on a potential fight with Dan Henderson. To me personally, that’s not a fight that makes any sense.”
As far as Kogan sees it, they still plan to fight the Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum loser later this year.