Sunday, July 31, 2011

Strikeforce/M1-Global: Fedor vs Henderson - Henderson drops Fedor for TKO win

What a crazy display of MMA just last night. Two legends of the sport, Fedor Emelianenko vs Dan Henderson, were set to do battle last night in the Strikeforce octagon.

Both fighters started off the round with a very fast pace, immediately throwing bombs, and in that exchange Henderson lands a hook that sends Fedor backwards. Henderson takes the opportunity to get the cage clinch, and lands several short knees to the inner thigh of Fedor. They eventually separate when Henderson tries to land two big haymakers.

After the cage separation, Fedor attacks Henderson with a flurry of punches, and actually gets Henderson down on the canvas. However, Henderson is very good at the scrambles and recovery, and uses a single leg to scramble up behind Fedor. He then lands one single punch which looks to flash KO Fedor, as Fedor's body went completely limp and face first into the canvas.

Since the fight had ended so abruptly, many Fedor fans thought the stoppage was controversial. I completely disagree, when a fighter has their hands to their side and is laying face first in the canvas, the fight SHOULD be stopped. Had Herb Dean not stepped in, Henderson would've just landed more brutal ground n' pound on Fedor.

This arises a question about the level of competition in Fedor's fights. He has now dropped 3 in a row, all against 3 very good competition. Will Fedor retire, what do you guys think?

Co-Main Event: Miesha Tate vs Marloes Coenen 
In a fairly boring fight leading up to the finish, Miesha Tate becomes Strikeforce's batamweight women's champion after getting the submission specialist Coenen in an arm triangle choke. 

Main Card (Showtime)

Tim Kennedy defeats Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Tyrone Woodley defeats Paul Daley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Tarec Saffiedine def. Scott Smith via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card

Gabriel Salinas-Jones def. Bryan Humes via submission (D'Arce choke) - Round 3, 1:19
Derek Brunson def. Lumumba Sayers via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 4:33
Alexis Davis def. Julie Kedzie via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyler Stinson def. Eduardo Pamplona via KO (punch) - Round 1, 0:15
Gesias Cavalcante def. Bobby Green via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)


Henry said...

Thanks for the coverage.

Rob said...

Fedor should probably call it quits. Getting stopped in the first by a 40 year old LHW is pretty embarrassing.

Magixx said...

nice, keep it up

Natural One said...

Cool blog

Diego Sousa said...

sorry for fedor! =/

ebm93 said...

Wow, what a fight!

Bremsy said...

Whoa he sure got more than a few...

cheshire said...

That chick fight looks so boring compared to the first one, those guys are fast.

Magnum said...

That seemed to be quite fast of a fight as cheshire said. Quite a barrage.

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