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Scott Coker lays out future plans including Emelianenko vs. Henderson, handling of preliminary fights, and more

After months of speculation a bout between heavyweight icon Fedor Emelianenko and Strikeforce 205-pound champion Dan Henderson has finally been made official, as Scott Coker not only revealed the match-up at a meeting with media today but also confirmed the pairing would take place on July 30 at the Sears Center in Chicago, be held at heavyweight, and will air on Showtime rather than PPV as had been rumored.

The upcoming “super-fight” was one of the numerous things Coker, who was recently demoted without explanation and has since reassumed his role as Strikeforce head, discussed with press at today’s sit-down.

Also mentioned was the organization’s intention to air five preliminary fights attached to their June 18 event through HDNet such as J.Z. Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox and Jorge Masvidal vs. K.J. Noons.

Additional items gleaned from today’s gathering include the company’s plan to hold all future Strikeforce Challengers shows at The Pearl in Las Vegas starting after an already-scheduled July 22 event and the likelihood of champion Nick Diaz sticking with Strikeforce rather than crossing over for a historic showdown with UFC welterweight title-holder Georges St. Pierre.

  • TerribleT says:

    This is a “no win” situation for Fedor bcuz if he wins ppl will say he just beat a 40 sumthin’ year old man who was a lot smaller and if he loses it’s about as humiliating a loss as he could have and it will most likely put an end to his career.

  • Niv says:

    As far as Fedor goes every fight he has is lose, lose. I have yet to hear fans say anything complimentary about the guy for years it seems. Of course there’s his loyal fan base like me and others, but let’s face it, nobody is ever happy with Fedor.

    I think Hendo is a legend in the sport suited at this age for 205lbs and up a bit. Fedor at 220lbs is probably the same size as Hendo anyways as Fedor has always fought as the smaller fighter. Both fighters have legendary chins and fists of stone, I personally think this has the makings of a great fight.

    If Fedor loses so be it, he’s still the best ever in my opinion, but I don’t see Hendo doing it against a fit Fedor.

  • Kuch says:

    I disagree that every fight for Fedor is lose/lose. If he wins against a Top 10 Heavyweight, then he’s not too old or too past his prime to compete with today’s crop of Heavyweights. His win against Brett Rogers was a good win against a tough, young opponent. Frankly, any win at Heavyweight is good for Fedor, especially if he’s the smaller fighter.

    I do however agree his fight with Hendo is lose/lose. Hendo is notoriously tough to finish and can finish almost any fight with his right hand. A win over an older light heavyweight doesn’t do much for Fedor whereas a loss to Hendo will have many pundits putting a fork in Fedor’s career.


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