“I think I having pound or two of lint in here from sweater.”
Two things come to mind when I look at Fedor Emelianenko. One, this guy looks like he might be coming to fix your toilet instead of knock your head off. And two, there’s no way that doughy bastard is a natural heavyweight.
For his entire career, Fedor has gotten away with fighting in the heavyweight division where he often gave up significant weight advantages, but his skill and speed were always able to overcome. That is until his last fight, where the appropriately named “Bigfoot” Silva used his massize size to put a beating on Fedor the likes of which he’d never seen. We all know his first “loss” was a bullshit TKO due to cuts, and getting subbed by Werdum could maybe be written off as a brain-fart… but the Bigfoot beatdown was undeniable.
Folks have always wondered how Fedor would do at light heavyweight, and considering he usually weighs in at about 230 and is obviously carrying a good 20 pounds or so of dead weight, that cut should be as easy as putting down the ice cream for awhile. And after what Bigfoot did to him, the calls for him to drop to 205 have been louder than ever.
Well it seems Fedor may have finally gotten the message, as Fighters Only reports that sources close to him say he’s seriously considering a move down to 205 after Strikeforce apparently offered him a superfight with new LHW champ Dan Henderson. Though they were both in Pride for years, and Hendo fought Big Nog at heavyweight there (and also once in Rings), the two have never met in the ring.
But before your fanboy-boner rips through your pants, hang on a tick… those sources also say “negotiations are underway,” and we all know what that means. Hopefully Strikeforce is able to pony up enough canvas bags with dollar-signs written on them to appease M-1, otherwise the biggest fight Strikeforce has ever seen probably won’t happen.
UPDATE: Not so fast, Fighters Only. M-1’s resident hipster-douche and Director Of Operations Evgeni Kogan told MMA Junkie that so far there have been no discussions with Fedor’s management about the Hendo fight, and they’re instead looking at the loser of Ubereem vs Werdum, but of course nothing’s nailed down for that yet either. Another M-1 guy also says the story is bogus, according to USA Today. As for Strikeforce themselves, Coker says there have been “preliminary discussions only,” but he didn’t say whom those discussions were with, so maybe he was just talking to himself while on the toilet or something.