“Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” took place Saturday night inside the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
A blockbuster heavyweight bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson headlined the Showtime broadcast, while Strikeforce women’s welterweight champ Marloes Coenen put her belt on the line against mortal enemy Miesha Tate in Saturday night’s co-featured contest.
Here are the results from tonight’s extravaganza:
Bryan Humes Defeated Gabriel Salinas-Jones via Submission (D’Arce choke) at 1:19 in the 3rdRound
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)
1stRound: Smith takes the center of the cage and is looking to unload a right bomb. Saffiedine active with his leg kicks and has Smith pressed against the fence. Saffiedine lands some nice shots in the clinch and connects on a couple of punches as they separate. Saffiedine kicks Smith in the head with a roundhouse. Saffiedine nails Smith in the dome again with a kick and follows up with a right hand. Smith’s face is battered. Saffiedine lands a spinning-heel kick to the face to end the round. 10-9 Saffiedine.
2ndRound: Saffiedine looks very comfortable, as he connects on a head kick-punch combo. Smith eats a right and is wobbly. Saffiedine attempts a flying knee to no avail, but landing countless short elbows in the clinch. Saffiedine scores on another head kick and drops Smith to the canvas. Saffiedine takes his back but Smith sneaks out the back door. Saffiedine really laid the lumber as the horn sounded. Saffiedine 10-9.
3rdRound: Saffiedine swapping between regular and southpaw stance to keep Smith off balance. He’s getting anything he wants against the veteran. Smith is likely fighting for his Strikeforce life and Saffiedine isn’t doing him any favors. Smith was outclassed from the jump. Saffiedine 10-9, 30-27 sweep on our cards.
Tyron Woodley Defeated Paul Daley via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Daley throws an unintentional knee to Woodley’s groin in the opening ticks and time is called. Woodley recovers and goes in for a takedown. Daley stuffs it, but is pressed against the fence. Referee separates them due to inactivity, but Woodley immediately shoots for anther unsuccessful takedown attempt. Close round because neither scored much, but Woodley had better cage control. Woodley 10-9.
2ndRound: Daley stuffs another takedown attempt to start the round, but Woodley has him pressed against the fence again. Woodley finally puts the slugger on his back and lands in full guard. Not much damage, but Woodley is active enough to keep the favorable position. Woodley 10-9, but he looks pretty gassed heading to his corner.
3rdRound: Woodley connects on a knee to the face, but Daley is unfazed. Woodley gets another takedown and is active in the half-guard. Crowd getting anxious as Daley works his way back to his feet. Daley fighting with a sense of desperation, throwing knees and bombs. Daley attempting an omoplata, but nothing comes of it. Daley 10-9, but Woodley takes the fight 29-28 on our unofficial cards.
Tim Kennedy Defeated Robbie Lawler via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Not much action to start the fight, Kennedy accidentally kicks Lawler in the groin and time is called. Fight resumes. Kennedy shoots across the cage for a takedown, but Lawler avoids. Kennedy relentless with his wrestling attack. Kennedy connects with a right and plants Lawler on his back. He immediately lands in side control, now full mount. Lawler escapes nicely and avoided damage in the process. Kennedy 10-9
2ndRound: Kennedy goes for a shot and Lawler meets him with a vicious left uppercut. Kennedy is bleeding badly from his nose, but ends up in half-guard. The canvas is quickly turning red, but Kennedy is active in his ground attack, nonetheless. Kennedy 10-9, “Ruthless” needs a finish in the final stanza.
3rdRound: Kennedy appears tired, but Lawler isn’t going for the kill. Lawler lands an uppercut, although didn’t follow it up with anything. Kennedy finally gets a takedown after much inactivity from both 185-pounders. Lawler had his chance to turn up the heat, but didn’t fight with a sense of desperation in the last five minutes. 10-9 Kennedy, 30-27 sweep.
Miesha Tate Defeated Marloes Coenen via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:03 in the 4thRound (Tate captures Women’s Welterweight Title)
1stRound: A lot of clinching against the cage to start the scrap. Coenen connects on a right hook and lands a knee while in the clinch. Tate finally drags the champ to the canvas, but Coenen has a choke. Nothing comes of it and Tate winds up in side control. Coenen doing a decent job of preventing the full mount. 10-9 Tate, although she didn’t do much damage in top position.
2ndRound: Tate relentless with her takedown attack against the fence, but Coenen pulls a rabbit out of her hat and rolls to take Tate’s back. Amazing maneuver. Coenen secures a body triangle and is attempting a rear-naked. Coenen unleashing some bombs to the dome and shots to the ribcage. Coenen 10-9.
3rdRound: Tate catches Coenen’s kick and plants the champ on her back. Not much of an attack from the challenger and they get stood up. It doesn’t really matter, as Tate takes her right back down. Tate still not too active in top position. Coenen reverses with a sweep as the horn sounds. Tate 10-9.
4thRound: Tate dumps Coenen on her back but lands in a guillotine attempt. Nothing materializes and Tate manages to move to side control. Tate going for an arm-triangle choke. GAME. SET. MATCH, TATE.
Dan Henderson Defeated Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (Strikes) at 4:12 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Wild action early, as both were swinging for the fences from the jump. Hendo lands a vicious left hook that rocks the Russian, but he manages to survive. Emelianenko’s right eye is busted up already. Hendo has him pressed against the cage. Emelianenko grabs the fence and gets a warning. Henderson misses with a big right as they separate. Emelianenko comes firing back and rocks Hendo. However, he’s a little too overzealous with his attack and Hendo counters from behind with an uppercut. Fedor drops like a sack of potatoes and Hendo pounces. Referee Herb Dean stops the fight.
The stoppage was somewhat controversial, but it appeared as though Emelianenko was out. However, he was face planted so it was tough to tell how out of it he actually was.
Fedor said he thinks the stoppage may have been early, but he doesn’t want to disrespect the ref. It’s God’s will whether he’ll retire…