After "Greatest fight in Strikeforce history," Scott Coker wants Fedor and Henderson to stay in the promotionPosted on August 1, 2011, 01:11 PM by Joey Santosus
"If you look at that (Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko) fight, I think it stands right up there. If you look back at the history of Strikeforce, which is relatively a newer company, I think the ones that stand out in my mind are, in our early days, Frank Shamrock fighting Cung Le - that was an unbelievable match-up. And Nick Diaz fighting Paul Daley this year - unbelievable fight. And (on Saturday), I think this one probably tops those two. So arguably one of the best fights in the history of our company... As far as fighting in Strikeforce, I hope we have them both (Fedor and Henderson) back. - For more from Scott Coker, visit MMAFighting.com
When Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson was initially announced, many took an "I'll believe it when I see it stance." After all, the two veterans, who have competed simultaneously for more than a decade, were yet to cross paths. Both fighters honed their skills under the Rings banner before going on to capture Championships while fighting in the Japanese powerhouse promotion PRIDE. Even so, the elite mixed martial artists, separated by one or more weight divisions throughout their storied careers, never found themselves standing across from one another, be it in a ring or the cage. But, when it was revealed that the legends had, in fact, put pen to paper, the bout quickly became one of the most anticipated in recent memory.
Unlike so many that came before it, however, the main event in Hoffman Estates, Illinois did not disappoint. Just as expected, Henderson and Emelianenko took center cage and laid it all on the line. Each fighter took huge punches to land even bigger ones and when the dust finally settled it was Hendo who remained upright. While the match-up will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come as a classic, what do you think LowKick'ers? Was Saturday's headlining bout truly the greatest in Strikeforce's short history?
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