It appears Strikeforce General Manager Scott Coker misspoke when he officially announced the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson superfight, which is set to go down July 30, 2011 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Coker initially stated the bout would be contested at a 220-pound catchweight maximum. News to Henderson, who immediately took to Twitter to shoot that down:
"Fight is at heavyweight. ... The one we have doesn't say (catchweight). Furthermore it was never discussed. What is the point?"
A Strikeforce press release also corroborated "Hendo's" story, saying the fight is currently set at heavyweight.
Henderson, the current 205-pound champion, often walks around at exactly that weight. The only reason to put a weight limit on the fight would be for Fedor's consideration. The often chunky Russian superstar has weighed in at 229 and 230-pounds, respectively, for his last two fights.
Would 10 pounds really make that much of a difference?
Either way, it appears the bout is all set and ready to go for later this summer in Illinois. "The Last Emperor" won't have to cut weight and "Hollywood" gets the fight he's long wanted. Everybody wins.
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the fight, leaving many fans wondering if what was once considered the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter in history was outdated and overmatched.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.
Can "Dangerous" Dan send him to a Russian retirement home via one of his patented "H-bombs?" Or will the old Pride king prove he's still got some fight left in him?