A fight between MMA legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson has been rumored for weeks. Both fighters have expressed great interest in the match-up, yet it’s still not signed. So what’s the hang-up?
Well, that’s a good question that a lot of people want the answer to, but so far the picture is still a little cloudy. Without getting into specifics, Scott Coker told MMA Weekly that they were working “really hard” to put the fight together, but the “devil’s in the details.”
“That fight is not confirmed, it’s not by any means,” Coker said recently on MMAWeekly Radio. “I would say let’s be cautious on how we frame that up. If that’s the $25 million dollar question, I would say until it’s finished, it’s never done.
“You know how many things can possibly go wrong in trying to get that fight together. We’re doing our best, but the devil’s in the details. When you have a fight of that quality at that catchweight, it’s like I said, the details are always the challenges in that.”
So what are these details Coker speaks of? Well, MMA Weekly was hearing that the hang-up was the weight, and oddly enough Hendo was insisting on a heavyweight bout while M-1 wanted a catchweight. However, either their sources were wrong or M-1 has had a change of heart since then, because now M-1 is saying they’ve agreed to the fight at heavyweight and insist they aren’t the ones holding the deal up. M-1’s Evgeni Kogan speaking to Sherdog:
“Fedor and M-1 have previously agreed to the fight with Dan Henderson at heavyweight,” said Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global director of operations.
“There have been no hang-ups from M-1 in any of these matters,” said Kogan. “We’ve agreed that this bout would take place in mid-summer and have been equally clear on our acceptance of the fight being either a Showtime event or a Showtime pay-per-view.”
“No special terms have been requested for the fight,” said Kogan. “Communication and discussions have been normal and we’re now waiting for the go-ahead, [after] which Fedor will begin his focused training camp, some of which has already been planned to take place in the Netherlands.”
As Kogan mentions, the broadcast platform is also still a big question mark. No one seems to know at this point whether we’ll have to pay a $10-15 Showtime subscription fee or a $50 pay-per-view fee to watch it. Perhaps, that’s what’s holding the deal up.
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