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Coker Not Keen on Emelianenko-Henderson Clash

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MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is unlikely to fight current Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson, according to CEO Scott Coker. Henderson got his hands on the light-heavyweight belt after knocking out Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. He has made repeated calls to take on Emelianenko, but Strikeforce chief Coker feels Henderson might be "a little bit small" to face the heavyweight. Emelianenko weighed in at 230 pounds for his last fight against Antonio Silva, while Henderson cuts hardly any weight to make his 205-pound divisional limit. "I'm thinking the weight difference might be too much," Coker told MMA Fighting. "Can that gap be bridged? I'm not sure. But I know Dan will fight anybody. He'll fight anybody in a fight booth. It doesn't matter to him." Emelianenko will return in the summer, when he will attempt to bounce back from two straight defeats. Coker said: "Fedor will fight in July or August at some point. They'll get everything that's promised to them. Nothing's really changed. Those promotions will happen. Fedor will fight."

"The Salamander Key," featuring Fedor Emelianenko, opens March 25 in Moscow

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Fedor Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF) may not be the world's top heavyweight anymore, but there's another place for his icy demeanor. The silver screen. Emelianenko co-stars in "The Salamander Key" alongside Michael Madsen and Rutger Hauer. The film debuts Friday in Moscow, the same day Emelianenko's management team, M-1 Global, holds its first Showtime-televised event, "M-1 Challenge 24: Damkovsky vs. Figueroa," in Norfolk, Va. The heavyweight shot the movie way back in October 2008 as a prepared for a bout against Andrei Arlovski at "Affliction: Day of Reckoning." Gegard Mousasi and others were flown out to help him prepare on the movie's set in Thailand. The action flick centers on group of international scientists who disappear on a remote island in Southeastern Asia while conducting advanced medical research. Emelianenko plays a member of a team sent to rescue the scientists, who have uncovered an evil plot that could destroy the world. Emelianenko's manager and M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein is a co-producer on the movie, as well as M-1 executive Sergei Matvienko. There's no word on whether the film will be released outside of Russia, though its inevitable that copies will leak on the Internet. As for the heavyweight's fighting career, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently told HDNet that a return is likely for July or August. A Russian-language trailer for the movie can be viewed here.

Shane Carwin's Response to Fedor Training with Him

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"I would be honored to train with Fedor. I feel like I have so much to learn and training with great people and great fighters at the same time seems like a win win."

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