CEO Scott Coker announced 5 days ago that a catch-weight, 220 lb matchup
between Fedor Emelianenko (31-3) and Dan Henderson (27-8) will happen in our
great city. On July 30th the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates will showcase
these two MMA icons. It isn't Fedor's first time at the Sear Center, in
fact last time he was here I hosted his press workout event at POW! MMA.
This bout in
the outskirts of the Windy City is the first time M-1 Global, Emelianenko's
management and promotional company will do a joint venture with Zuffa.
The surprise comes in Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce this past March.
Zuffa's desire to make any bout work with Fedor leaves me smiling, since
the now MMA monopoly is not known for a forgiving nature when fighters
refuse to bend to Dana White's rule.
Fedor's loss to Antonio SIlva this past February where his almost flawless
fight career added another loss due to a technical knock out, doesn't waiver my excitement for July 30th. The Russian
Emperor has taken a step back since his loss 3 1/2 months ago. The
Netherlands has been his honing ground to improve his fitness and even
technical striking skill set.
previous Pride fighters, my personal favorite years of MMA are a good match up.
The catch weight allows Henderson to meet Fedor at a more comfortable
place. Henderson has gained a weight class before, a Pride bout against
Nogueira where he lost in a decision. A controversial loss, one I didn't
agree with - but I am past it.
this match up features two of the sports best and most accomplished.
Although it is not in their prime, I am eager for this MMA card.
Other fighters possibly slated for this July 30th evening are Roger Gracie
vs Muhammad Lawal, Cybord Santos, Tarec Saffiedine, Ovince St. Preux.
Don't miss out
on buying tickets and getting in on all the action.
Pre-sale for this event begins at 10am TODAY. The promo Code is "FORCE" to
purchase tickets before they go on sale to the public. Pre-sale ends tonight at
11:59pm. Public sale begins June 4th at 10am. Ticket prices range
from $352 to $37. Parking is $20 if you pay in advance. Rentals for
luxury suites are available by calling Krista at 847-649-2227 or email