M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan said today that there have been no discussions between Strikeforce and their client Fedor Emelianenko about a potential superfight between him and the newly crowned Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champ Dan Henderson. On Tuesday Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker mentioned that “preliminary discussions” had taken place and that the fight would not take place at the June 18th show from Dallas, Texas.
Also on Tuesday, Henderson chimed in saying that he was looking for a fight over the summer and that logically a bout between him and the winner of the Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi fight would make the most sense. He did also state that Emelianenko was still the top fighter in the world and that a fight with him would be of interest.
Kogan went on to say that he was not in favor of the fight because it is “not a fight that makes any sense.” He seemed more interested in a potential late summer/early fall fight with the loser of the upcoming Grand Prix fight between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum. However, there was another report that came out recently that contends that Emelianenko is interested in dropping to Light Heavyweight and challenging Henderson for his title.
Emelianenko is coming off of his first ever two fight losing streak as he was submitted in the first round by Fabricio Werdum last summer and then last month he suffered a TKO loss to Antonio Silva after his eye was swollen shut and the ringside physician ordered the match stopped. Henderson meanwhile is on a two fight winning streak that includes his title claiming victory over Rafael Feijao on Saturday. His last loss came to Jake Shields in April of 2010.