Strikeforce Results: Dan Henderson TKO's Fedor EmelianenkoPosted on July 31, 2011, 12:08 AM by Anton Gurevich
It's another disappointing night for Fedor Emelianenko fans around the world. "The Last Emperor" was TKO'd, for the first time in his career, by fellow former PRIDE Champion and MMA legend Dan "Hendo" Henderson.
From the first seconds inside the cage, it was very clear that Dan Henderson is the faster man out of the two. "Hendo" exchanged with Fedor, and managed to land one good hook that rocked "The Last Emperor". Fedor responded with strikes of his own, but was unable to land a clean shot, as both men locked horns at the fence.
Unusually for Fedor, he was unable to control his opponent at the fence. Dan Henderson was still unable to do any real damage, as the referee Herb Dean separated the two. Immediately after getting the action "back" into stand-up, Fedor unleashed fury on Henderson, and managed to rock "All-American". But within seconds, Henderson recovered, caught Fedor's leg, and landed a strong right uppercut.
Emelianenko went with his face down on the canvas, as Henderson landed two more unanswered strikes. And just when Fedor Emelianenko recovered and went back "face-to-face" with Henderson, the referee Herb Dean decided to stop the action.
At the end of the day, we saw a much worse situations when the fight wasn't stopped. Fresh memories take us back to the fight between Nick Diaz and Paul Daley. Diaz was twice in exactly the same situation, with his face down on the mat, but the referee sitll let the bout to continue.
It's a controversial ending to a great fight. But this way or another, no one can take anything from Dan Henderson. He basically moved up in two weight classes to challenge Fedor, and won this fight impressively.
Photo: Scott Hirano