Dan Henderson Speaks on Facing Fedor Emelianenko (MMAJunkie.com)
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson (27-8 MMA, 2-1 SF) recently made some comments about facing heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF), his weight for the event, and more.
The two meet at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson,” which takes place on July 30th at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The main card airs on Showtime. Check out the highlights:
On what he will have to weigh: “I think I have to weigh-in over 206, so (I’ll be) 206.1 (pounds), I guess.”
On fighting in Fedor’s natural division instead of catchweight: “In the past, I’ve never felt small against heavyweights. I was excited for the fight, in general, and I don’t care what he comes in at. I’ve never agreed with catchweights in the past, and I’m OK fighting up, so it is what it is.”
On using the strategies from those who defeated Fedor: “I’ve never done an armbar in a fight, and I’m not 80 pounds bigger than him to lay on him. Those two losses aren’t really my style. I think we match-up real well for an exciting fight. I think I’ve got to wear him out early in the fight and really make him keep up a pretty good pace and get on top of him, as well. … I really hope he comes in great shape and motivated, re-motivated for this fight, because that’s the Fedor I want to fight.”