Former top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko is “seriously considering” dropping to 205-pounds to challenge newly-crowned champion Dan Henderson for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, according to Fighters Only.
Talk of the matchup emerged after Henderson’s third-round TKO of former title-holder Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante headliner, but Strikeforce had reportedly already talked to Emelianenko about the potential superfight.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAjunkie that discussions are only in the preliminary stages and the fight wouldn’t take place until after June or July when Henderson planned to return.
Henderson (27-8) has won two-straight and five of six after falling to Jake Shields in his Strikeforce debut last year, while Emelianenko (32-3) is coming off back-to-back losses to Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva that snapped a 28-fight, 10-year winning streak.
If Emelianenko decides against dropping to light heavyweight, Henderson could move up for the matchup, Fedor could return as an alternate in Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament, or Emelianenko could face the loser of Werdum vs. heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem.
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