Strikeforce Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Dan Henderson Fight Card: Showtime Line Up Announced

The proposed superfight between Fedor Emelianenko and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson is now confirmed for July 30 in Chicago, Illinois. The fight will air on Showtime.

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Strikeforce Fedor Vs. Henderson Fight Card: Televised Showtime Line Up Announced For July 30

Strikeforce today announced the final match ups that will be featured on the "Fedor vs. Henderson" main card, which will air live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on July 30, 2011.

The event will feature a "super fight" main event between two former Pride FC champions, and mixed martial arts (MMA) legends, Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson, in a heavyweight showdown for the ages. Emelianenko, widely regarded as the most talented fighter in the history of the sport up until suffering back-to-back losses, will look to get back on the winning track against the promotion's reigning light heavyweight champion in a non-title fight.

In the co-featured fight of the evening, Marloes Coenen will put her 135-pound belt on the line once again against Miesha Tate, a strong wrestler who has compiled a solid record (11-2) against top competition since her professional career began back in late 2007.

It's a one-two punch that Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is "proud" to promote:

"Fedor versus Hendo is the super fight fans have been waiting for and we’re proud to have also stacked the rest of this card with exciting fights. Marloes has proven to be one of the best women’s mixed martial artists on the planet, but Miesha could be her toughest challenge yet."

Rounding out the remainder of the televised action is a middleweight slugfest between hard-hitting Robbie Lawler and U.S. Army Green Beret Tim Kennedy, as well as knockout artist Paul Daley testing his power against the wrestling prowess of undefeated Tyron Woodley.

Exciting welterweights Scott Smith and Tarec Saffiedine will kickoff the telecast for the type of card that Coker promises "will deliver some explosive fights."

For the latest news, notes and updates related to the "Fedor vs. Henderson" fight card be sure to check out our event archive right here.

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Strikeforce Fedor Vs. Henderson Fight Card: Cyborg Santos Out With Injury

According to multiple media outlets, Evangelista Santos is out of his fight at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. Santos was set to face British striker Paul Daley at the event. Reports indicate Santos suffered a shoulder injury preparing for the bout. Bloody Elbow has the details:

More shuffling will be done by Zuffa as Evangelista Santos has been forced off the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card. MMAPrime.tv reported that this was a result of "Cyborg" sustaining a shoulder injury while preparing for his match up against British striker, Paul Daley. Fighters Only has since confirmed the news from Daley's camp saying that the fight against Cyborg is indeed off.

There is no word yet on a replacement for Daley.

The fight card for this event at the time of this writing is as follows:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson
Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed Lawal
Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate
Paul Daley vs. Evangelista Santos
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith
Tim Kennedy vs. Robbie Lawler

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Strikeforce Fedor Vs. Henderson Fight Card: Tim Kennedy Vs. Robbie Lawler Announced

According to a Tweet from the official Strikeforce Twitter account, middleweights Tim Kennedy and Robbie Lawler will square off at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30. The event takes place at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and will be broadcast on Showtime. This is the second Strikeforce event held in that venue, both of which putting Emelianenko at the top of the bill.

Lawler's success in the Strikeforce cage has been up and down of late, most recently losing to Strikeforce middlweight champion Renaldo Souza at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg. Kennedy also lost to Souza, but most recently rebounded with a win over Melvin Manhoef at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.

The full Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson fight card as of the time of this writing:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson
Roger Gracie vs. Muhammed Lawal
Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate
Paul Daley vs. Evangelista Santos
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith
Tim Kennedy vs. Robbie Lawler

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Strikeforce Fedor Vs. Henderson Fight Card: Paul Daley Vs. Cyborg Santos Announced

Strikeforce officials haven't confirmed it yet, but according to a press release from his management, British striker Paul Daley is set to square off against Brazilian slugger Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos. From his management's release: 

"I’m happy to be fighting again. It’s a big fight. For those who haven’t seen the Melvin Manhoef vs. Cyborg fight, watch it and expect the same outcome for Cyborg … He’ll be knocked out," Daley said.

"Just like me, Cyborg’s been around since the Cage Rage days. He brings experience and power to the cage, like me. He’s an aggressive guy, like me. And it will be an entertaining fight, like mine always are."

Santos was originally expected to face Tarec Saffiedine, but that bout was never confirmed. Both Santos and Daley enter this bout having most recently lost to former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz.

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson fight card:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson
Paul Daley vs. Evangelista Santos

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Dan Henderson Talks Fedor Emelianeko Fight, Breaks Down His Game

Dan Henderson was a guest on HDNet's "Inside MMA" opposite guest host Tito Ortiz to discuss his upcoming Strikeforce bout with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. While Ortiz makes an inane comment or question (I can't really tell what he's trying to say) Henderson himself talks about the catchweight of 220lbs and sundry other items. There's also this video where Ortiz and Henderson talk about how to defeat Emelianenko by timing the overhand right off of Fedor's upright posture and jab.

What stands out to me about this entire affair is just how gleeful Henderson appears to be. It's fairly easy to understand why he has more to gain and few less to lose in this bout. His light heavyweight title isn't up for grabs, it's not his natural weightclass and really, just a vanity project. While Fedor needs this fight for redemptive purposes (sort of), should he lose it'd be his third in a row and it'd be to a fighter who has competed at middleweight. Moreover, one gets the sense from watching and listening to Henderson that he firmly believes this is a fight he is more than capable of winning even if the oddsmakers disagree.

Henderson is walking with a grin he can barely contain. It's as if he's in on a secret, a birthday surprise or big news that will pleasantly shock everyone. When fighters can't disguise their poker faces anymore, one must take note. It usually reveals real delusion or real insight. Perhaps Henderson has a better chance than oddsmakers or fans realize.

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VIDEO: Strikeforce's Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Dan Henderson Announcement

Dustin Green of CSN Washington's 'The Fight Fix' is the first with footage of Strikeforce President Scott Coker's announcement that former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko would face current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson. You can also see The Fight Fix at CSNWashington.com. SBNation and Comcast SportsNet are proud to bring you The Fight Fix on BloodyElbow.com and SBNation.com/MMA every week.

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Scott Coker 3 secs, "The number 1 announcement is Fedor Emelianenko's next fight will be confirmed for July 30th at the Sears Center in Chicago against Dan Henderson and that fight will be at a catch weight of 22o maximum....

"Dan told me, he said 'I'll fight him at any weight, anytime, any place, just lemme fight Fedor.'  So Dan's really the one that pushed to fight Fedor.  He oes 'I've always wanted to fight him.  I think I can beat him, so let's get it on.'  But then the managers get involved and the consultants get involved, then you start talking to Vadim and the M-1 guys.  So, that's the weight that everybody agreed upon..."

"Fedor is a heavyweight.  so to ask him to drop to 205 - I think his last fight he weighed 228 or 230, that's quite a drop.  We really didn't ask him that because we feel like he's a heavyweight, but Dan was more than willing to come up, so, that's how this fight came about."

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Scott Coker Confirms Fedor Vs. Henderson, Announces Deal With HDNet

It’s official, Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson will face each other in a 220lb catchweight bout at the Sears Center outside Chicago, IL on July 30th. The event will air on Showtime, not on pay per view as had been previously speculated.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker spoke to the press in advance of tonight’s UFC 130 in Las Vegas, Nevada and made the announcement.

Coker also announced a new deal with HDNet that will result in the preliminary fights on Strikeforce cards airing on that network beginning with the June 18th Strikeforce: Werdum vs Overeem event.

All five preliminary fights on that card will air on HDNet: Jorge Masvidal vs K.J. Noons, Gesias Cavalcante vs Justin Wilcox, Julie Kedze vs Amanda Nunes, Mike Bronzoulis vs Todd Moore, and Magno Almeida vs Conor Heun.

Coker also announced that after the July 22nd Strikeforce Challengers event in Washington state, that all future Challengers cards will be held at the Pearl in the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Dan Henderson To Be Contested At Catchweight

Details about the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson superfight are emerging as I type this. According to Jonathan Snowden, the parties behind the two fighters have found a mutually-agreed upon weight. Here's his Tweet:

Sources close to the promotion say the Fedor-Henderson fight will at a catchweight of 220. It will be promoted as a heavyweight bout.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


This makes sense for the parties involved. Henderson performs his best at light heavyweight, not middleweight. Even when he cuts to make 205lbs, he likely rehydrates to 215lbs or more the following day. The bottomline is this: Henderson can make 220lbs effortlessly.

A 220lbs limit will force Emelianenko to make a slight adjustment in weight, notably a loss of approximately 10lbs. While I suspect this will come from a changed diet and not a water weight cut, it arguably benefits the Russian regardless. Emelianenko will need his speed to compete against the naturally smaller Henderson and a regimented reduction of 10lbs provides the Russian that important performance boost.

More on this story as it develops.

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Fedor Emelianeko Vs. Dan Henderson Official For July Strikeforce

According to Jonathan Snowden, formerly of BloodyElbow.com and now of SB Nation MMA, the proposed superfight between Fedor Emelianeko and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson is now official:

Sources close to both fighters tell me the Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson fight has been finalized for July 30th in Chicago on Showtimeless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

As Snowden's Tweet indicates, the event will take place in Chicago (likely Hoffman Estates at the Sears Centre) on the initially proposed date of July 30th. The fight will also air on Showtime, thereby pushing back or eliminating proposed plans for an inaugural Strikeforce pay-per-view event.

There is no word yet on what catch weight or in which weightclass this fight will take place. More on this story as it develops.

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Report: Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Dan Henderson Targeted For July 30 In Chicago

If what the reports are suggesting is true, Strikeforce and Showtime are about to have a very good summer. Mid-June marks the next stage of the quarterfinals of the heavyweight grand prix with Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers. Now another Strikeforce heavyweight might be competing again after being bounced from the tournament: Fedor Emelianenko. MMA Junkie has the details:

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.

However, a heavyweight superfight between Fedor Emelianenko and current Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson, which has been rumored as the headliner to a potential pay-per-view card, is still in advanced negotiations and could headline the late summer event.

A location for the Showtime event has yet to be confirmed, though the Sears Centre in Chicago has surfaced as one possible locale.

Bloody Elbow's Brent Brookhouse adds some nuance to the potential venue booking:

The Sears Centre is actually not in Chicago, it's in Hoffman Estates. The real value there is that there is not the 9% entertainment tax in the suburbs like there is in Chicago itself.

Going back to the same location as Fedor/Rogers requires less building up of Fedor to local media as they already have familiarity as well as a location that attracted a nice crowd on the last trip.

There's obviously a strong population of Russian immigrants or those who identify themselves as ethnically and nationally tied to the famed Russian fighter.

More on this story as it develops, but for some background and examination of what a potential superfight between Emelianenko and Dan Henderson might mean, check out my discussion with Mike Chiappetta of MMA Fighting:

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