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.