The fight between Fedor Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF) vs. Dan Henderson (27-8, 2-1 SF) is scheduled to take place tonight on Showtime at 10PM ET. The fight is taking place at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This will be a heavyweight match.
Henderson recently became the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion in March earlier this year, when he scored a third round TKO victory of Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
Henderson is a natural middleweight, but when questioned as to why he is fighting Emelianenko, who is considered by many to be the best heavyweight of all time, he replied: “I’ve never felt weak fighting bigger guys. Throughout my whole wrestling career I kind of wrestled up and down different weight classes and wrestled against bigger guys. It’s all about being comfortable and confidence level. It’s never been an issue for me.”
According to Las Vegas Sun: (Line: Emelianenko -250, Henderson +250)
Henderson weighed in barely over the heavyweight cutoff Friday at 207 pounds. Emelianenko will have a 16-pound advantage on the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. But size is the only advantage Emelianenko may have when looking at recent fights. Henderson is a far superior wrestler, and probably a better striker at this point.
MMAmania.com is hosting a live stream of the match and will provide round-by-round coverage of Strikeforce: “Fedor vs. Henderson.”
Miesha Tate (11-2 MMA, 4-1 SF) is also set to challenge Marloes Coenen (19-4 MMA, 3-1 SF) for the title in this evening’s co-main event.