“Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” took place Saturday night inside the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. A thrilling heavyweight shootout between Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson headlined the Showtime broadcast.
The action was fast and furious, as the MMA icons took turns pounding on each other. Hendo scored the first devastating blow, dazing the Russian with a vicious left hook. Although Emelianenko’s right eye was busted up from the strike, he came firing back and subsequently dropped Henderson.
However, Fedor was a tad too overzealous with his attack and the reigning Strikeforce light heavyweight champ countered with an unexpected uppercut from behind that caused “The Last Emperor” to fall flat on his face.
The stoppage was fairly controversial, but it appeared as though Emelianenko was out and only regained consciousness after he received additional damage. It was as though Henderson knocked Fedor’s senses back into him.
Emelianenko said he thought the fight ended prematurely, but he didn’t want to disrespect the referee. It is now God’s will whether he’ll retire.
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Derek Brunson Defeated Lumumba Sayers via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:33 in the 1stRound
Alexis Davis Defeated Julie Kedzie via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyler Stinson Defeated Eduardo Pamplona via KO (Punch) 0:15 in the 1stRound
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante Defeated Bobby Green via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tarec Saffiedine Defeated Scott Smith via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyron Woodley Defeated Paul Daley via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tim Kennedy Defeated Robbie Lawler via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Miesha Tate Defeated Marloes Coenen via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:03 in the 4thRound (Tate captures Women’s Welterweight Title)
Dan Henderson Defeated Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (Strikes) at 4:12 in the 1stRound
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker felt the stoppage between Fedor and Henderson was justified.
When Emelianenko arrived to the post-fight press conference, he reiterated his belief that the contest was called too quickly. He will now go back to Russia to spend time with his newborn daughter and contemplate his future.
He wanted his detractors to understand he’s not a robot and all fighters have good and bad moments during their careers. Emelianenko was in good spirits throughout the presser.
Coker confirmed now-former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem had been cut. He refused to go into detail about the situation.
Henderson professed it was the biggest victory of his illustrious career. He felt the stoppage was warranted, but believed it was only a matter of time even if the referee wouldn’t have stepped in at that moment.
Although he possibly retired the most decorated MMA heavyweight in history, Hendo said he feels much more comfortable competing in the 205 pound division.