Sunday, July 31, 2011

Strikeforce - Fedor vs. Henderson Results & Leftovers

Strikeforce rocked the Sears Center just outside of Chicago. "Fedor vs. Henderson" turned out to be a thriller as expected.

'JZ' Cavalcante welcomed former King of the Cage Junior Welterweight and Lightweight Champion Bobby Green, into the Strikeforce cage. Cavalcante edged Green on the scorecards to notch a split decision victory. Green was a last minute replacement for Lyle Beerbohm.

Tarec Saffedeine opened the main card with a definitive unanimous decision over Scott Smith. This match was all stand-up as expected. Saffedeine simply out-kicked and out-punched Smith, who cut to 170 lbs. for the second time in his career.

The next bout brought two welterweights fighting for a possible title shot to the cage. All American wrestler Tyron Woodley put in work on Paul Daley for three hard rounds. Woodley neutralized Daley's highly skilled stand-up in the first two rounds. Daley did manage to show an improved takedown defense, however. The third round was even more intense in the final minute when Paul Daley surprisingly attempted an omoplata. Woodley walked away with the unanimous decision win.

Tim Kennedy outwrestled Robbie Lawler for three rounds. Persistent takedowns proved to be the key to nullifying the heavy-handed Robbie Lawler. A bloody Tim Kennedy fired some clean doubles and low singles on Lawler, who bounced and and remained light on his feet for the entire bout. Kennedy's unanimous decision should put him back in the top contention spot?

Miesha Tate was the surprise of the night. In a fight for the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion, first time defender Marloes Coenen and Miesh Tate met for the first time. The technical and highly skilled Marloes Coenen followed up Tate takedowns with patient, technical ground work, but Tate had some ground attack plans up her on sleeve. In the fourth round, Tate secured a tight arm triange from side mount, drawing the stoppage at 3:03, and Miesha Tate is now the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Title. Sarah Kaufman next???

The main event brought two of the sport's biggest legends to the cage. Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko sport very similar fight resumes. Their skills have taken them all over the globe, but their paths never crossed in the cage until tonight. From the opening bell it was a cat fight -- both fighters flying at each other and it was almost apparent that this was going to be an early ender. It seemed either fighter could drop at any given time. Fedor briefly rocked Henderson, but it was Fedor who caught the short end when Henderson landed an uppercut that folded Fedor. Referee Herb Dean officially ordered the stoppage at 4:12. Fedor seems to think it was a premature stop, and some fans are making similar clamor on the net. With his loosing streak now at three, will "The Last Emporer" retire or will he charge the loss off as a "referee's poor decision making" and press forward with MMA???

Video and quick results after the break...

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QUICK RESULTS:
Strikeforce/M-1 Global
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson
July 30, 2011
Sears Centre,
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Main Card
Dan Henderson def. Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (punches) R1, 4:12
Miesha Tate def. Marloes Coenen via submission (arm-triangle choke) R4, 3:03
Tim Kennedy def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision
Tyron Woodley def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision
Tarec Saffiedine def. Scott Smith via unanimous decision

Preliminary Card
Gesias Cavalcante def. Bobby Green via split decision
Tyler Stinson def. Eduardo Pamplona via KO (punch) R1, 0:15
Alexis Davis def. Julie Kedzie via unanimous decision
Derek Brunson def. Lumumba Sayers via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 4:33
Gabriel Salinas-Jones def. Bryan Humes via submission (D'Arce choke) R3, 1:19

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