Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Henderson” takes place later this evening at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The event will air on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT.
In the night’s main event, Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson meet in a heavyweight “super fight”.
In the co-main event, Marloes Coenen puts her women’s title on the line against Miesha Tate.
Tim Kennedy squares off against Robbie Lawler in a middleweight bout.
Paul Daley takes on Tyron Woodley in a welterweight bout.
Scott Smith looks for a much needed win against Tarec Saffiedine.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Dan Henderson def. Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (Punches) at 4:12 in Round 1
- Miesha Tate def. Marloes Coenen via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:03 in Round 4
- Tim Kennedy def. Robbie Lawler via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Tyron Woodley def. 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)
- Gesias Cavalcante def. Bobby Green via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Tyler Stinson def. Eduardo Pamplona via KO (Punch) at :15 in Round 1
- Alexis Davis def. Julie Kedzie via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Derek Brunson def. Lumumba Sayers via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:33 in Round 1
- Gabriel Salinas-Jones def. Bryan Humes via Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:19 in Round 2
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith: Like a store-bought rib eye steak about a week after its listed expiration date, Smith stepped into the cage grey, covered in flies and stinking up the joint – which is not how you want to be against the dynamic Belgian striker Saffiedine. For three rounds we were subjected to Saffiedine dancing around his foe while frequently unloading with hooks, colorful kicks and hook-kick combos. Smith, meanwhile, walked around in zombie-like fashion, absorbing blow after blow and throwing only the tiniest bit of leather. It was a sad display, and the scores in Saffiedine’s unanimous decision win said it all: 30-26, 30-27, 30-27.
Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley: Here’s a little MMA math for you: Daley was one fight away from challenging Georges St. Pierre for his belt, then had a thrilling gunfight with champ Nick Diaz in his last time at bat; Woodley, on the other hand, just recently fought his way out of the Strikeforce Challenger’s minor leagues by earning a decision over fellow up-and-comer Saffiedine. Now, according to those “figures”, the brash Brit should have killed the decorated American wrestler. Sadly, no one was killed – although fans were very close to being bored to death. Round 1 saw Woodley playing the “hug against the fence” game like his life depended on it (it did), and Round 2 saw him score a takedown and simply lay on Daley like a blanket. There was more blanket action in the third, although Woodley’s fatigue enabled Daley to escape back to his feet, throw some fists, and even go for an omoplata (!). At the end of the day, the unanimous decision went to Woodley in the kind of pedestrian display that made no one but Woodley’s immediate family happy.
Tim Kennedy vs. Robbie Lawler: Everyone likes to harp on the fact that Kennedy is about as American as an apple pie resting on the head of a soldier draped in an American flag, but when that cage door shuts his essence can be summed up by the phrase “extremely aggressive ground game”. After all, in his bout against slugger Lawler, no infantry tactics were employed, no artillery barrages were expertly called in and no one was bayoneted. The only thing we saw was Kennedy doggedly getting Lawler down and punching from top position, rinsed and repeated for all three rounds. “Ruthless” did manage to bloody his opponent with a pinpoint accurate uppercut in the second round, but there was no urgency to his attacks, and when time expired Kennedy was rightly awarded the unanimous decision.
Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate: When 145-pound champ Cris “Cyborg” Santos fights, we know to expect ungodly punching mixed with the tearing off of limbs and frenzied eating of raw flesh. When 135-pound champ Coenen fights, however, we expect sedate grappling yielding to the eventual submission. Such was the case in Coenen versus Tate, though in this instance, it wasn’t the Dutchwoman who secured the tap out. Round 2 showcased Coenen’s skill on the ground, as she took advantage of a Tate mistake to affix herself firmly to the American’s back and work for a choke for the majority of the frame. But Rounds 1, 3 and 4 saw Tate utilizing her wrestling ability to the fullest and looking for openings from top position – and one such opening presented itself at 3:03 of the fourth round in the form of an arm-triangle choke. With that, Tate was the new Strikeforce female 135-pound champ
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson: In a perfect world, our greatest of warriors ride off into the sunset when their time to retire comes, their legends unsullied by the wreckage that so often is the tail end of their careers. But we don’t live in a perfect world, we live a cruel and harsh one, where superstars like Fedor must accumulate loss after loss before the final curtain falls. Case in point: the scrum between the “Last Emperor” and Henderson. In the opening seconds, leather flew so fast and furiously, it was hard to keep track of who was wobbling who with their back-and-forth bombing runs. Then they were against the cage in a brief respite, the American clinching the Russian tightly while seconds ticked away, and it was no stretch to wonder just how much Henderson’s wrestling was going to play a role in the unfolding events. That answer came soon after the two separated and once again traded blows. Under Fedor’s onslaught, Henderson stumbled and fell to the ground with the Russian sliding into position on top. But a deft escape off to the side had Henderson suddenly standing behind his foe, and a surprise uppercut from underneath flattened Fedor completely. Henderson kept punching, and though Fedor was rolling to his back, he was out of it, and referee Herb Dean stepped in at 4:12 of the round.