Fedor Emelianenko vs Dan Henderson Strikeforce fight official for July 30 on Showtime

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It's the H-bomb versus the F-bomb.

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson will battle famed Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko at the promotion's upcoming Showtime event on July 30 in Chicago, Illinois.

SB Nation's own Jonathan Snowden brought word of the pending match-up earlier this month and Strikeforce Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Coker today brought word that the fight is officially on.

He also announced the bout would take place at a 220-pound catchweight.

Emelianenko (31-3) was bounced from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament earlier this year after the cageside doctor deemed him unfit to answer the bell for round three of his quarterfinal bout against Antonio Silva.

Aside from the shock of his second consecutive loss, it was clear "The Last Emperor" was being manhandled for most of the fight, leaving many fans wondering if what was once considered the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter in history was outdated and overmatched.

Retirement talk was quickly scrapped a few days following the "Fedor vs. Silva" event and Emelianenko was back to work following the recent announcement of his participation in Strikeforce's upcoming July show.

To help prepare him for his next fight, Emelianenko was shipped off to the Netherlands for his first International training camp since 2005.

But is it too little, too late?

After an uninspiring debut saw him fall short against Jake Shields at Strikeforce: "Nashville" back in 2010,  Henderson (27-8) redeemed himself by knocking out Renato "Babalu" Sobral in St. Louis later that year.

The win was enough to earn him a title shot against division champion Rafael Cavalcante back on March 5 and "Hendo" made the most of the opportunity by knocking out "Feijao" with an "H-bomb" in the third round.

With Strikeforce suffering from a lack of depth in its 205-pound division, Henderson immediately set his sights on the down-but-not-out Emelianenko, who may be one loss away from permanently hanging up the gloves.

Whaddaya say Maniacs, is Hendo biting off more than he can chew? Or will he send the Russian back behind the iron curtain for good?

How do you see this one unfolding?

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