Strikeforce will host a conference call at 1 p.m. ET to promote Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. Scheduled to appear on the call are former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson, current Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ Marloes Coenen, and Miesha Tate. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker will also participate.
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-It would be a very important victory. Dan Henderson has fought for a long time, and has been a champ in many organizations.
-Of course it's important to be heavyweight champ. What's most important, though, is to be master of my sport.
-I don't know how long I want to fight. It's God's will. I'll fight the next fight, and we'll see.
-The two losses have not affected my confidence at all. If God is leading me down a path, then I must go down the path.
-One thing I've learned from losing is that I can thank God for all my success and failures. I'm thankful for all He's given to me.
-I'd like people to remember me as an Orthodox Christian fighter.
-I'm not sure what I'll weigh-in at. Probably similar to what I've weight before. Maybe a little lighter. My guess is 100 kg.
-It wasn't a "decision" to come at 206 pounds. It's hard for me to gain weight. I've done plenty of lifting and eating.
-I'm not going to feel outmatched or small out there.
-(On Fedor's fight with Lindland in '07) I guess I won't get caught in an armbar from the bottom.
-Against Werdum, he got a little cocky with his sub. defense. Everyone can get caught, I guess.
-Against Silva, he was a little out of shape. And the size got to him. Silva got on top and didn't let him move.
-He's still trying to hit me with the same punches he would have if he won his last two fights.
-I don't think Fedor's "just another man." It definitely excites me to fight him.
-I'm not going to forget my wrestling, but I look forward to standing and banging with him as well.
-I have no plans on going anywhere. I'd like to defend that Strikeforce belt and go from there.
-I'm always trying to be exciting, whether it's the first fight or the last fight on my contract.
-When I say Dana's ignorant, it's not a judgement. I just don't think he knows enough about WMMA.
-If you think about how you've been off a year, yeah, it's going to get to you. But I fight every day in the gym.
-I've had my eyes on Marloes for the last year.
Emelianenko and Henderson will officially meet at heavyweight, despite rumors that the bout would take place at light heavyweight or a 220-pound catchweight. Emelianenko is on a two-fight losing streak, the first of his career, after dropping fights to Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. Henderson won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title from Rafael Cavalcante in his last fight.
Coenen is the women's bantamweight champion, and she defended that title with a dramatic fourth-round submission victory over Liz Carmouche in March. Tate is on a five-fight winning streak, but has been out of action since last August. Coenen and Tate were supposed to meet in March, but a knee injury forced her to pull out from the card.
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson takes place on July 30 at 10 p.m. ET at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.