Strikeforce has appoached Fedor about fight at 205 against Henderson

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Shawn91111
3/9/11 3:20:39AM
Fedor Emelianenko may drop to 205 pounds and challenge for the light heavyweight title in 2011, according to Fighters Only Magazine.

The Russian legend had been approached by Strikeforce officials prior to this past weekends Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson bout about fighting for the title at 205 pounds. Emelianenko is reportedly interested.






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mattjonesy
3/9/11 8:04:32AM
WOW now that would be awesome!
quezocrema0032
3/9/11 9:10:29AM
I'm surprised fedor is willing to cut the weight, doesn't seem like the type to do so. Guess a fight with big foot will do that for you, I like this fight. Either legend will add an incredible win to their resumes. Fedor winning a belt at 205 would add so much to his claim of being the best fighter ever. I never thought he was but if he wins that belt it would be hard to argue
Bythar
3/9/11 9:12:08AM
I'd love to see Henderson take this one - hopefully it happens.
Xephos
3/9/11 9:21:20AM
I cant see any lhw beats fedor.. Fedor has aggresiveness of a Mauricio, black belt judo he tapped so many big names, great takedowns and takedown defenses, and has a great resilience. Fedor win this fight for sure, but the question is : will randy couture vs fedor emelianenko happen?
VILLIN
3/9/11 10:34:06AM

Posted by Xephos

I cant see any lhw beats fedor.. Fedor has aggresiveness of a Mauricio, black belt judo he tapped so many big names, great takedowns and takedown defenses, and has a great resilience. Fedor win this fight for sure, but the question is : will randy couture vs fedor emelianenko happen?



I think you're being a little unrealistic if you think Fedor can drop ~30lbs and not have it drastically affect his physical capabilities.

First and foremost Fedor is not accustomed to cutting weight so for at least the first couple of times he does it will definitely hamper his conditioning. Secondly, if you haven't noticed, Fedor's striking is very flawed from a technical standpoint and he generates power by lunging into his opponent rather than by sound technique. Kiss a good chunk of that goodbye if he drops to LHW. Thirdly the general skill level is much higher at LHW where you have far more fighters who are very well rounded and can do it all. And finally one of Fedor's biggest assets against HWs is his speed and that is something he simply won't have against most top tier LHWs.

I'm not saying Fedor can't be successful at LHW but there is no doubt the move will create more obstacles than it will remove.
icantthinkofanything
3/9/11 11:25:16AM
Good move for Fedor, the hw division has become a big mans division at 245 + , and Fedor has plenty of weight to cut, I figure 30 lbs, but can he do it? From what I see , once one hits 32, cutting weight is much harder and gaining lbs comes easy.

Also, it seems to me Fedor went undefeated by having
a great chin
aggression,
speed,
Intimidation,
a good gg
and a very hard punch with a lot of accuracy,

but in Fedors last fights, he didnt land those punches hard or accurate, his timing and balance was off and he gassed vs Silva (silva has a good chin, but so do alot of other big men at 265 lbs)

At 205 will Fedor have a speed advantage? If Fedor couldnt sub Nog, could he sub Roger Gracie or Hendo? will cutting weight gas Fedor more than fighting at hw or less? Fedor used to have a great cardio game and could survive every storm

timing a lhw is harder than a hw with a big head, will those punches land on Hendo?

Fedor should become a cruiserweight like Randy and some others, but theres no such thing yet, and catchweights in SF are soooo played out, more than rematches at SF!!!

It seems like Fedor let's his talent go to waste by not training with pro mma fighters. I have seen Fedor work out with russian kids, and it is obvious that unless the mma community relocates to russia, there is no good fighters in rural small town russia at the moment
I pick Hendo by UD, Fedor will look past Hendo, and Hendo will work his ass off to win i think.
FlashyG
3/9/11 11:43:06AM
The only way they could make this fight happen is on PPV

Henderson and Fedor both get paid more than everyone else on the card combined when they fight for Strikeforce. Either they'd have to have a challengers undercard or make it a PPV.

It would probably work though, its the only fight I can think of in Strikeforce I'd pay to see.
Franklinfan47
3/9/11 12:13:32PM
Man what a great fight that would be. Got goosebumps!

I would root for Fedor but Hendo is a tough fight for anyone.
prozacnation1978
3/9/11 12:41:55PM
Crazy fight

Hendo could ko him. Grapple and wrestle him down

Fedor could sub him. And probably ko him.

I think maybe candidate for fight of the year
Bustamante-Aoki
3/9/11 12:53:56PM
If Fedor does this, then he should hire some experts to help him.

His coaches don't seem to know much about weight cutting.
machodog76
3/9/11 1:58:40PM
If he loses the weight rather than cutting from 230 (which given his pudgy physique I'd say is impossible) I think he'd be a force I say he knocks Hendo out. If he tries to cut from 230 he doesn't make it out of the first.
TeamDEY
3/9/11 2:56:07PM
IMO Fedor would be Unstoppable at LHW. I would love to see this fight but Fedor and Henderson are some of my favorite fighters. Still be a sick fight though.
DJBlankenship
3/9/11 4:41:00PM
I like how a man can loose 2 fights in a row and get a title fight in another division. If he looses a 3rd, are they just going to give him the belt in both divisions???

Not hateing on him or anything. The man has fought wars. But what happened to winning for title fights. I don't like how Strikeforce keep trying to put all the eggs in one basket.
warglory
3/9/11 4:47:51PM

Posted by DJBlankenship

I like how a man can loose 2 fights in a row and get a title fight in another division. If he looses a 3rd, are they just going to give him the belt in both divisions???

Not hateing on him or anything. The man has fought wars. But what happened to winning for title fights. I don't like how Strikeforce keep trying to put all the eggs in one basket.



I was thinking the exact same thing. I can't believe how many people think this is awesome. Would it be a good fight? Probably, but Strikeforce would be shooting themselves in the foot and ruin any semblance of credibility they had maintained/garnered up until this point.

If Dan wins, he beat a washed up Fedor, and if Fedor wins, he is a guy 0-2 who beat a world champion. This is a lose-lose situation for Strikeforce.
FastKnockout
3/9/11 5:06:55PM
I BEG OF YOU MMA GODS! LET THIS FIGHT HAPPEN! PLEEEEEASE!
machodog76
3/9/11 5:48:30PM

Posted by warglory


Posted by DJBlankenship

I like how a man can loose 2 fights in a row and get a title fight in another division. If he looses a 3rd, are they just going to give him the belt in both divisions???

Not hateing on him or anything. The man has fought wars. But what happened to winning for title fights. I don't like how Strikeforce keep trying to put all the eggs in one basket.



I was thinking the exact same thing. I can't believe how many people think this is awesome. Would it be a good fight? Probably, but Strikeforce would be shooting themselves in the foot and ruin any semblance of credibility they had maintained/garnered up until this point.

If Dan wins, he beat a washed up Fedor, and if Fedor wins, he is a guy 0-2 who beat a world champion. This is a lose-lose situation for Strikeforce.

I see your points but their talent pool is so shallow they have to make matches like this. Look at Hendo, he gets tooled by Jake Shields wins one fight and gets a title shot. I think given the star status of both fighters and thier ages, Strikeforce needs to put this match together ASAP. Of course all of this depends on Fedor actually making 205, which I doubt we will see. If anything I think they would probably fight at a catch weight.
sbulldavid
3/9/11 6:17:03PM
Fedor could put on competitive and entertaining fights at 205, and I think that is where he stands at this point in his career, nobody wants to see a legend get walked all over night in night out.
Boo_Radley21
3/9/11 6:51:30PM
This fight would be close, especially at 205. I hope it happens.
MMAOvertime
3/13/11 12:46:14PM
Getting Fedor down to 205 would be tough. At a healthy 205, no doubt he could take Henderson. It would be weird seeing someone lose twice and still get a title shot. But if you look at it from a different view. Who wants Fedor to fight some lower level fighters. I just hate seeing fighters I like, become the stepping stones. I think Fedor should just move to the UFC and fight their 205 fighters. i know Dana White said even though they now own Strikeforce, Fedor will stay at there.

Any body know how many fights are left on Henderson's and Fedor's contract with Strikeforce?
grappler0000
3/13/11 1:05:10PM

Posted by MMAOvertime

Any body know how many fights are left on Henderson's and Fedor's contract with Strikeforce?



Hendo has only one fight left, but I'm not sure exactly how the Strikeforce championship clause works...I don't think he can go anywhere as champ though. Fedor is actually under contract directly with Showtime.
BigBadAl
3/13/11 4:09:29PM
I have no problem with the UFC being the regimented, serious, by the book org where those who win get title shots and those who lose get cut. Whilst Strikeforce remains the slightly off the wall org that gives the fans the fights they want to see whatever the fighters records.

Fedor V Hendo = Awesomeness
TS92turbo
3/13/11 9:27:25PM
I would love to see this, as it seems we are getting screwed out of GSP and Silva. I wouldnt mind Overeem and Velasquez though
Wolfenstein
3/13/11 10:44:49PM
I think Dan would crush him. Just too strong a wrestler for Fedor to deal with. Of course I'm never going to count out Fedor--or assert after one loss that he is somehow washed up...but stylistically it's not a good matchup for him, maybe a few years ago he may have mopped the floor with Dan.
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