Strikeforce is bringing MMA to the main network again in April of 2010. CBS has agreed to air their second event at an undecided venue. Strikeforce is looking at various locations both on the east and west coast. Certainly we hope that they will return to Chicago, since Chicago brings a great Midwestern stable of fighters to choose from for the undercard and preliminary fights. We should be able to expect Strikeforce to give us Fedor against a bigger draw than his last opponent Brett Rogers. Dan Henderson seems to be the most likely choice and give Strikeforce matchmakers a great top billing bout.
Dan Henderson signed with Strikeforce about a week ago. The four-time MMA world champion and two-time United States Olympic wrestler signed a multi fight agreement on December 7th. Henderson is an excellent addition to Strikeforce, the only fighter to simultaneously hold two titles in two different weight classes (welterweight and heavyweight) recently knocked out Michael Bisping on UFC 100 this past July. In a public statement, Henderson graciously thanked Dana White and the UFC for the opportunities they gave him; Henderson was a coach on SPIKE's The Ultimate Fighter two seasons ago.
Dan Henderson is currently fighting around 183, but can fight at 205. He has beaten these worthy opponents (in order since 1997) Carlos Newton, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Renato Sobral, Renzo Gracie, Murilo Rua, Murilo Bustamante ( twice), Ryo Chinan, VIctor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, RIch Franklin and Michael Bisping. His most notable losses were against: Wanderlaei Silva (early in his career and first pro loss), Antonio Rodrigo and Rogerio Nogueira, Quinton Jackson and Anderson Silva. His experience in MMA has given him a record of 25-7-0.
Fedor Emeliananko pretty much fights heavier than Dan Henderson - he sits about 250 and fights around 230-235 pounds. So that will be a variable that will first be addressed in this match-up. Fedor's most worthy wins were against (in order since 2000) Ricardo Arona, Renato Sobral, Lee Hasdell, Heath Herring, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Gary Goodridge, Mark Coleman, Tsuyoshi Kosaka, Mirko Filipovic, Matt Lindlan and Andrei Arlovski. There really is only one loss to speak of or discuss - Tsuyoshi Kosaka which was due to the a doctor's stoppage, he later redeemed himself and beat Kosaka 5 years later.