Since capturing the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown last Saturday, Dan Henderson has expressed interest in a marquee fight with Fedor Emelianenko. What had started out as a pipe dream, has quickly turned into a bout could potentially take place this year.
With his win over Rafael Cavalcante, Henderson made it clear that his career was far from being over. Being the competitor that he is, big fights are what really excites the 40-year-old MMA veteran. Back on December 5th, 2009 when Henderson first signed with Strikeforce, he mentioned that a bout with Emelianenko would be something he would like to make happen one day.
Emelianenko has been on the downturn of his career as of late. He has lost two straight, most recently losing via doctor’s stoppage to Antonio Silva. The loss dropped Emelianenko out of the highly touted Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and have everyone, including Emelianenko wondering what’s next.
A move down to 205 had been brought up numerous and would give Emelianenko a new challenge in his storied career. Additionally, it would give Scott Coker a new way of highlighting the Russian now that he is no longer in the grand prix. A bout with Henderson makes sense for Strikeforce, if all falls into place. Both names bring a huge audience and a win for either fighter would be monumental.