Strikeforce officials have been trying to book a bout between Fedor Emelianenko, and current light heavyweight champion, Dan Henderson for a Pay-Per-View bout this summer. Now, it looks like negotiations are progressing. M-1 Global's Apy Echteld tells ESPN.co.uk about it:
"[Fedor] agreed. He's ready to fight,"
"With his progress from training, I can only think he'll be back the way he was. If he doesn't win, he'll make his own decisions like he does now. If he stops, he stops. But if he wins, I think he'll continue fighting."
More details are emerging and according to MMAWeekly, this is unlikely to be a light heavyweight title fight as initially rumored:
According to sources close to Emelianenko’s management team at M-1 Global, the fight is currently in the works for a late July date in a co-promoted M-1 Global/Strikeforce show.
While final agreements are not in place, the current plan is to feature Emelianenko vs. Henderson in a special heavyweight attraction with the agreed weight for the fight to be at 220 pounds.
If you ask me, I would've definitely preferred Fedor dropping down to light heavyweight to challenge for Henderson's title. It would be far more interesting, and it would be a good way to reinvent and revive Emelianenko's career at this point, but honestly, it's still a great fight either way.