July 31, 2011 by staff
Fedor Henderson, It’s the end of an era. Strikeforce main event Saturday night between Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko did not disappoint. Henderson said a technical knockout near the end of the first round of the hand of the Russian convincingly their third consecutive defeat, a fact considered unthinkable just six months.
Fedor thought referee Herb Dean stopped the fight prematurely, but replays appeared to validate Dean’s decision to stop the fight. Where does “The Last Emperor” from now on? Welcome back to the Crossfire. MMA Crossfire Cassie Wiseman expert checks in with his thoughts on the night of the fight:
Cassie is an artist of mixed martial arts with more than five years of study. Training especially in South Korea, which has a black belt in Taekwondo Hapkido, Muay Thai and kickboxing. A proud Canadian Roberts Arm, Newfoundland, the files of The Crossfire who recently returned from South Korea. Strikeforce and M-1 Global Present: Fedor Henderson vs Scott Smith (08/01/17) vs. Tareco SAFFIEDINE (11-2-0) Wiseman: Smith unsuspecting confidence motion in his “comeback” skills cost him the victory Saffiedine. Saffiedine position was constantly changing combinations of kicks and arm consisting of the head, body shots, elbows and punches. Another key factor was the inability to connect Saffiedine Smith. However, this is due to the unpredictability that Smith needed, therefore Saffiedine was able to move easily from dangerous situations, counter and to lead the fight in the attack. To Saffiedine, put on a stunning performance that shows great strength, powerful combinations, random motion and precise connections.
Paul Daley (02/11/27) VS Tyron Woodley (8-0-0)
Wiseman: Daley, while a fantastic striker, always assumes that opponents are going to stand and bang with him, that’s what this fight is lame. While he did things then takedown attempts in the past, still showed a lack of ground game and the offense on his back. Woodley, who seemed wound a few times because Daley’s lap, was able to use their fight to pounce on the weakness of Daley pitch.
Robbie Lawler (08/01/19) vs. Tim Kennedy (13-3-0)
Wiseman Lawler is known for his power and showed a greater ability to defend takedowns, but still lacked the offensive tactics of his back. Another reason for lost Lawler, who released her hands, especially in the third round. Kennedy was bloody and showed slower movement in the last five minutes, but Lawler was a lack of cardiovascular exercise and was on the defensive at the feet of refusing to go for it. Kennedy showed heart and was constantly pushing forward, no matter what harm he had suffered. Lawler taken into account in their upcoming fights that his power can only be used if you let your hands go.
Wiseman Prediction: Robbie Lawler knockout.
Marloes Coenen (19-5-0) vs. Miesha Tate (12-2-0)
Wiseman: Coenen everybody expected to be stronger fighter and looking for a presentation. Everyone expected Tate to use his or her struggle as central game plan. What people did not expect was a communication from the specialist fighter into submission. Tate showed a more mature side, with cardio and an element of surprise. Coenen Tate was ready for wrestling, but was not ready for Tate to the sender.
Fedor Emelianenko (31-4-0, 1 NC) vs. Dan Henderson (28-8-0)
Wiseman: The question is this fight was: Is this the end of Fedor if he loses? While both have done their part for the king of MMA and the country, nobody wants to see or even think of leaving Fedor MMA. With all that said, everyone expected an impressive fight and no one was disappointed. Both fighters came out with fists flying, showing aggression. While Fedor should have had the advantage in the clinch, because the weight difference, it was not for Fedor Henderson holding the cage with ease and the deployment of a load of early damage. Fedor was able to damage his own and shook Henderson, but Henderson with the lid was able to beat Fedor. The question came later, was an early call to end the fight? To respond to the reputation of Herb Dean is put in the forefront with it being the best in the business, an issue little emphasis on whether it was the right decision or not.
While both fighters are known for their power, skills, etc. that was just one of those fights where a single innovative movement brought home the victory Henderson. It was definitely one of those fights where a mix of emotions are to be impressed by Henderson, disappointment and sadness that this could very well be the end of an era with Fedor, possibly leaving.
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