Dan Henderson has not been pushing himself away from the dinner table in anticipation of his heavyweight fight with Fedor Emelianenko in 23 days. The current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion claims that he sees himself coming into the fight at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates around 206 lbs.
The added size should help against “The Last Emperor” who will likely be around 235 lbs when he enters the octagon. Yet, “Hendo” is no stranger to fighting bigger men. The crusty veteran has been around long enough that many of the events and tournaments he took part in involved single or open weight divisions.
Speaking to Fightline.com, Henderson spoke about the recent losses Fedor has suffered and why his approach to beating the Russian will be a bit different:
“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.”
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