Night of firsts at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” as “Hendo” stops Emelianenko with strikes, Tate submits Coenen

\Frank Sinatra is forced to share tonight as the city of Chicago has become the MMA community’s “kind of town” thanks to “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson”, a card peppered with talent and as juicy from top to bottom as a steak from the Windy City’s Capital Grille.

Headlined by formerly unbeatable Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko taking on American Olympian and current Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson, the lineup also features a female title-fight in the form of 135-pounder Marloes Coenen defending her belt against Miesha Tate, as well as a pair of bouts with implications on top contendership with hard-hitting nap-lover Robbie Lawler trying to put legitimate hero Tim Kennedy to sleep and British brawler Paul Daley duking it out with undefeated grappler Tyron Woodley.

Fans were given an incredible night of action including the first time Emelianenko had ever been stopped by strikes, as well Tate delivering the only submission loss of Coenen’s career. Other results included Woodley using his superior wrestling to outpoint Daley in spite of the explosive striker’s improved grappling defense in addition to Kennedy doing enough to come away with a win over Lawler.

Read below for results from “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” including PBP and commentary for televised fights:

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Gabriel Salinas-Jones def. Bryan Humes via Submission Round 3 (D’Arce Choke)
Derek Brunson def. Lumumba Sayers via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Alexis Davis def. Julie Kedzie via Unanimous Decision
Tyler Stinson def. Eduardo Pamplona via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Gesias Cavalcante def. Bobby Green via Split Decision*

* – Cavalcante actually forced Green to tap in the third round but referee Herb Dean missed it and allowed action to continue

MAIN CARD:

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith

ROUND ONE: The fighters start out circling for the first minute while feeling the other out with Smith acting as the aggressor. Saffiedine clinches with “Hands of Steel” and throws a few solid knees to the midsection. The two battle for position before Saffiedine eventually decides to back out. They go back and forth between exchanging strikes and clinching with Saffiedine almost landing a stiff kick to Smith’s head. A minute later another headkick is thrown perhaps indicating Saffiedine’s desired knockout blow. The frame expire with Saffiedine landing a spinning heel-kick to the crowd’s approval. 5 OZ scores it 10-9 for Saffiedine.

ROUND TWO: Saffiedine comes out firing with punch/kick combos. He lands another headkick and scoots in for an over-under clinch. Similarly to the first, he decides to back out and reset his striking. He lands a combo of punches that puts a little grease under Smith’s heels, wobbling him and nearly resulting in a finish. Saffiedine rushes in with a flying knee and keeps the pressure on. However, Smith seems to have recovered even though he absorbs some short-elbows from the clinch in the process. Saffiedine hits a beautiful headkick and lands a few straight shots forcing Smith to shoot a takedown in hopes of recuperating. Saffedine works some on the ground, slides onto Smith’s back, and then goes for a Rear-Naked Choke. Smith slips out and takes things back to the world of stand-up. Saffiedine starts unloading but still can’t finish Smith who is CLEARLY hurt at this point. Easily Saffiedine’s round.

ROUND THREE: “The Sponge” keeps working combos mixing in different levels of attack. He lands some hellacious hooks. Smith’s face is busted up as this point, though history has shown he’s still dangerous even when on the ropes. Saffiedine throws another successful spinning heel-kick and keeps pouring it on Smith. Thirty seconds remain and Smith decides to throw caution to the wind. He starts throwing heavy leather and headkicks but can’t muster up any magic. Fight ends with Saffiedine running away from Smith and running away with the decision.

Winner – Tarec Saffidine def. Scott Smith via Unanimous Decision

Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley

ROUND ONE: Daley keeps his stance low in anticipation of Woodley’s takedown and stuffs the former amateur wrestler’s first attempt. Woodley keeps working, pushing Daley up to the cage and going for a better position, but ends up catching a knee to the groin and has to recompose himself. “Big” John McCarthy warns Daley and action resumes. Woodley shows he’s not afraid to strike and throws a combo including an attempted headkick. “T-Wood” then shoots in but Daley defends and once again ends up in Woodley’s clinch. The British brawler tries to circle off the fence but Woodley stops him, then drips down to try and get a single-leg but Daley stays standing. McCarthy separates them and restarts the fight. Daley pushes forward with an uppercut, then defends another takedown attempt that puts him up against the fence. Daley is able to spin out this time and the two talented welterweights go back to striking. Round ends with Daley up against the cage with both throwing knees. Hard frame to score. Let’s hope it doesn’t go three rounds in order to avoid any questionable scoring. If forced, 5 OZ gives it to Daley based on defense and aggression.

ROUND TWO: More clinching to start the second but Daley again escapes. “Semtex” then grabs hold of Woodley and initiates the clinch. Unfortunately for Daley, Woodley is able to pull a leg out from under him and puts the stand-up specialist on his back. Woodley works from guard delivering a few elbows and punches but isn’t able to pass. He postures up for a second nearly giving Daley an opportunity to escape. Woodley finds a hole and almost gets half-guard but Daley adjusts and returns things to the “full” variety. McCarthy has seen enough and resets them with 30 seconds left. Daley stuffs a takedown and ends the round on top. Definitely Woodley’s round on the scorecards but he didn’t win over any fans with his approach.

ROUND THREE: Woodley opens the third throwing strikes and even cracks Daley with a knee. However, the flurry is short-lived and he takes Daley down less than a minute into the round. He makes his way into half-guard and stays active on the striking front. Daley backs up and tries to wall-walk but can’t get out from underneath the 170-pound blanket on top of him. Daley finally gets back to his feet for a second but can’t seem to unlatch Woodley. He eventually escapes, stuffs Woodley’s subsequent takedown, and starts trying to finish things from the sprawl position. Things go back to standing and Daley delivers more of the same. Daley rolls through and locks Woodley’s shoulder up for a second, teasing the Omoplata, before the Mizzou alumnus goes back to guard. Probably Woodley’s fight but Daley showed much-improved grappling defense and COULD pull off the upset depending on how judges saw things unfold.

Winner – Tyron Woodley def. Paul Daley via Unanimous Decision

Tim Kennedy vs. Robbie Lawler

ROUND ONE: Not a lot of action to start things out with a lot of respect from both in regards to the other’s striking. Lawler bounces around but Kennedy chases him down. Kennedy tries to get a solid hold of Lawler but can’t procure anything substantial. Kennedy steps in and lands a nice left hook. He fakes a punch and scores a double-leg takedown ending up in side control. He works his way into mount but Lawler escapes during an ensuing scramble.

ROUND TWO: A repeat of the first with Kennedy eventually getting Lawler to the ground after absorbing an uppercut that has the Army Ranger’s nose leaking crimson. Lawler is doing a good job defending off his back but is still eating punches from the top. Kennedy maintains his position for the remainder of the second stanza and likely takes another round in the process.

ROUND THREE: The two tap gloves to the crowd’s approval before going back to battle. Lawler looks to be pushing the pace in this round compared to the previous frames, perhaps indicative of both Kennedy’s nose and him potentially being down on the scorecards. Kennedy still working for takedowns but Lawler isn’t having it and, like Daley, continues to show improved grappling defense. More strikes are exchanged but nothing concrete finds the mark. Kennedy locks in a Muay Thai Clinch, then scoops Lawler up and takes him down to close out the stanza. Should be a Unanimous Decision for the Texan (who yells, “It’s just blood!” a few times to the judges after the fight ends).

Winner – Tim Kennedy def. Robbie Lawler via Unanimous Decision

Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate

ROUND ONE: The pigtailed pugilists stay separated for about ten seconds before Tate springs forward with double-underhooks. Coenen fires back with some knees as the two fight for position in the clinch. Neither gets an advantage so they split. Coenen comes in with a left hook that lands and stuns Tate for a second but doesn’t do anything permanent. Tate shoots in but Coenen responds with a choke attempt. “Takedown” keeps working and lives up to her nickname by putting the champ down on her back. Coenen holds onto the choke, tightening it before Tate eventually escapes. Tate works from side control, pinning Coenen’s arm down with her knee and almost locking up a Crucifix position. The challenger stays active and on top for the remainder of the round. 10-9 Tate.

ROUND TWO: Tate immediately secures a clinch and goes back to working for the takedown. Coenen delivers a nice throw that results in her obtaining Tate’s back. She takes advantage of the situation with a Rear-Naked Choke attempt. Tate defends as best as possible and avoids the finish. However, she is still in trouble and Coenen continues mixing up strikes and submission attempts. Tate survives the round. The fight appears to be tied at this point.

ROUND THREE: A little more striking to start out the third with both women obliging the other in the stand-up department. Coenen throws a leg kick but Tate catches it and takes her down. Little is done from the top with Coenen defending well though Tate isn’t surrendering position, posturing up at times and continually staying busy. Coenen gets a Body Triangle from the bottom making it even tougher for Tate. “Big” John stands them up and they go back to exchanging blows. Tate takes the Dutchess down again. Little is done for the remainder of the round until Coenen is able to switch to put Tate on her back as the frame expires. Probably Tate’s round based on the amount of time she spent on top.

ROUND FOUR: More stand-up for the opening minute until Tate drives Coenen into the fence and takes her down again. However, the submission savvy Coenen goes for a choke. Tate escapes and starts working from half-guard. Before long she’s in side control. Coenen tries to escape but Tate isn’t having it, eventually locking up a Arm- Triangle Choke and tapping Coenen out for the first time in her career.

Winner (and New Champion) – Miesha Tate def. Marloes Coenen via Submission Round 4 (Arm-Triangle Choke)

Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko

ROUND ONE: Both men come out slugging. Henderson eventually locks up in a clinch with Fedor who is already showing signs of damage in terms of swelling around his eye. The crowd is on fire chanting “USA” at times and “FEDOR” at others. The two icons eventually separate and go back to striking. Emelianenko looks like he hurts “Hendo”, dropping the LHW champ, but Henderson scrambles and lands a nice uppercut from behind the Russian’s back. It stuns Emelianenko long enough for Henderson to deliver a few more shots and earn the TKO finish. After the fight Fedor mentions he felt the stoppage may have come a bit early. He also adds that he has not decided on his future in the ring.

Winner – Dan Henderson def. Fedor Emelianenko via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

36 COMMENTS
  • elkymbo says:

    Can anyone tell me where I can see a stream of this in Australia please?

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  • sides666 says:

    I hope this main event lives up to the potential its so hard to pick who to cheer for

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  • sides666 says:

    Smith couldn’t do anything in that fight his career may soon come to an end

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  • Sykotick says:

    I think Fedor loses by TKO could post my other predictions in time, but alas they were all wrong (minus the Tate) but now I can’t prove it.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I hope Fedor fights on.
    Hendo should get an oportunity against A. Silva again or at least a high profile UFC LHW but can anyone honestly see that happening?.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Pretty good night of fights. Smith looed pretty slow, Woodley came up huge, just like Kennedy.
    Very surprised Tate got a sub, marleos didnt look bad at all.
    sucks Fedor lost but it happens.

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  • MickeyC says:

    Fedor was OUT the reason he was evan able to recovor was because of deans intervention. Dude was asleep period!

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Not hugely surprised Hendo won. He is a top fighter at all 3 weight divisions ( he has beaten Fedor, Yvel, Babalu and big Nog at HW). He is a UFC, Rings and Strikeforce champ, not to mention a 2 division champ of Pride. He is a great and unlike so many other greats he has fought some of the best guys from 4 or more weight classes, and I dont meam that they dropped weight for him I mean he just fights in multiple weight classes.

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  • BigDave says:

    It official The mystic of Fedor is dead and buried. The guy has lost to two HW that are not top ten and now got ktfo by a 205 guy thats 40 years old. Now i wont rag on Fedor cause he is a humble dude and a legend but you nuthuggers?…………HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    BTW I’m back!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

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  • Creature says:

    Fedor was clearly out for a sec.. when his head hit the matt and the first follow up punch hendo hit him with woke him back up.. they showed the reply like 10 times how could you not see it? in any case this just backs up my statement of Hendo being the best American MMA fighter of all time, and one of the greatest period. i called it ever since he first said he wanted to fight fedor,

    I also firmly believe Hendo deserves another crack at Anderson, i think he deserved it after he knocked Bisping out cold, and i think he would win, id even give him the advantage over 6 of the UFC’s top 10 LHW without a doubt in my mind. Huge Win for Dangerous Dan, he continues to show hes still very relevent, and will be for a while :)

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  • Rece Rock says:

    There is no controversy Fedor went limp took a few shots more to the head & the ref stepped in… BUT herb did fuck up earlier in the nIght…Fedor may fight on in mma but I guarantee it won’t be in Zuffa/FORZA promotions… There’s nothing left for him there that can legitimize his price tag and the headaches that come with M-1, He will still be a draw and make money just somewhere else

    Few thoughts from the rest of the fights:
    Why in the world didn’t Lawler go balls to the wall in the 3rd round??

    Congrats Tate… I guess Zuffa / FORZA laughed at another misfortune for the golden glory camp…Overeem & Coehen can share the pain.

    Umm at what point does it become apparent that Scott smith needs to be employed by a lower level promotion where he may be competitive & not just eat punishment til he can muster up a couple haymakers… It’s not even funny.

    Ahh T-Woods mom should be supportive from a few rows back out of ear or eye shot… Lovely lady I’m sure but it was a bit over the top… Oh and as far as the fight goes love him or hate him Daley didn’t look bad in defeat.

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  • Creature says:

    Also very happy to see Tate get the big win, and very surprised she got it by a sub, who could have seen that coming? lol.

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  • elkymbo says:

    Three thumbs down for asking for a stream??? Sorry I didn’t realise that it was a ppv….note the sarcasm. Fuck you guys.

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  • Creature says:

    Whoaaa relax killer^ lol. i didnt see the comment til afterwards or id have helped you out on it, i got a website that i use to get multiple links to every ppv there is, be it MMA, Boxing, or Wrestling if youd like

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  • BigDave says:

    Logic good to see in my time away you still havent learned any thing. Fedor didnt fall flat on his face cause he was concious. The upper cut put his lights out and the 2nd shot to the side of the head woke him up and he then turned over. The rule isn’t fight is stopped if you can;t intelligently defend yourself for 15 seconds its cant intelligently defend yourself period.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    When in doubt try the magical combo of “Google” + “Event Name” + “Live Stream”….

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  • elkymbo says:

    Whoah. Got a comment from the big man. I’ve been a loyal 5 ounce fan for a coupla years and it only took me saying fuck everyone to get a rise out of you Brendo :) I apologize everyone. Just spent a rough night with my 8 month old daughter screaming all night and I just wanted to see the fight an not hav to think about. And cheers creature I would appreciate that.
    Most of the times I have the lads over and we watch the violence with a few beverages and a BBQ on ppv. Just must have missed this one.

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  • MickeyC says:

    HA, HA logic, release that mans nuts! He has was out! I dig fedor, and he was throwin chops lastnight, fighting a good round. But he got finished.

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  • Niv says:

    I’m not sure if there’s a bigger Fedor nuthugger out there than me, but last night he got caught with an unorthodox punch that put his lights out for a second. He definitely in Fedor fashion was able to bounce awake like the freakin zombie he is, but the stoppage was legitimate and just.

    After watching Wandy gets his lights put out once again, Lidell a little over a year ago, Couture, Big Nog, now Fedor it’s apparent that we have definitely been witnessing the end of a great era, with Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson really the last of the Mohican’s now.

    Dan Henderson as stated above by Creature is without a doubt the greatest mma fighter the US has ever produced and one of the all-time greats whose name will be firmly entrenched amongst all the great names listed above here.

    I’m always heartbroken when I see great fighters reach the end, and I think Fedor should hang them up and ride into the sunset and enjoy the millions he’s made. The haters will alwys be there, I personally couldn’t give a shit about getting into it anymore, he will go down as the greatest HW mma fighter ever, it’s just time to move on.

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  • Creature says:

    Am i allowed to post a link like that on here Brendhan? because i know some sites forbid that..

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    what kind of blind foolish person could not see Fedor was out?????????????? seriously?????????

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    some awesome transitions in the Tate/Coenen fight. Coenen getting taken down then flipping to back control was top level and Tates set up of the head/arm choke was beautiful, she actually had it locked in position for a while until she passed into side control, awesome display, though somewhat distracting wearing tight shorts and spending most the fight with her arse in the air. fuck i love womens mma

    Paul Daley transitions to Omaplata, that is fucking mental
    Dumbest round ever by Robbie in the 3rd, did not understand that at all. long been a big fan of robbie but his recent losses have been awful performances.
    Some great Muay Thai from Saffiedine, the kicks were nice, great technique. only surprise was seeing a scott smith fight where he didnt get dropped by a body shot

    no comment on the Hendo/Fedor fight, love both of them, didnt really wanna see them fight at all

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  • I thought the Fedor stop was a bad stop until i saw the replay and I changed my mind instantly. Sad to see one of the best of all time be reduced to a name maker for two guys and now just another victim of the mean right hand (I will not call it the H bomb, Frank Shamrock can suck it) that Dan throws. On the other scope of things The Tate Coenen fight was awesome up until the finish and the rest of the fights were good, bur nothin to write home about. Daley has been workin hard on his TDD and I think he could’ve won that fight had he just loosened up.

    One of the better and more evenly matched SF cards yet. Good thing Zuffa bought them out….we might not see as many finishes but we’ll certainly see more evenly matched fights now.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    talking of Frank Shamrock, couple of his comments were questionable, Mauro asked him how to get out of a body triangle ad Franks answer was to reach down and unhook the legs. so you stop defending your neck to reach for a leg? funny i was always taught that was a no no from a very early stage. later and stil with back control, Marloes was trying to hook her leg over and trap one of Meisha’s arms so she couldnt defend, and Frank said she’s going for a triangle? really? i never seen anyone go for a back control triangle in mma. tried it in the gym and it wasnt effective.
    odd that such a ‘legend’ should talk so much shite this time round

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  • Iconoclastic says:

    Had feeling Hendo would KO Fedor, damn wish he had come through against A.Silva had money riding on him in that one. It appears Fedor is now questioning the stoppage, which is actually a good thing hopefully this means there is plenty of fight left in him. With the reigning Hvwght Champ cut and the whole tournament up till this point a dud, StrikeForce/Zuffa needs to sign both Hendo and Fedor and give us a rematch or hell a trilogy. Lets face it Strikeforce needs this to keep them relevant to the avg mma fan.

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  • Creature says:

    Hendo should go back to the UFX.. theres more interesting fights for him there at MW and LHW, whos left in SF? Mike Kyle? maybe gegard.. then who else?

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  • Creature says:

    UFC*

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  • BigDave says:

    Oh i forgot to make a comment on frank shamrock. Either that dude has the worst teeth in the history of teeth or someone needs to tell him that there not ment to be permanent.

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  • BigDave says:

    braces that is

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Yah Fedor suffered a flash KO and Herb wanted to avoid having Fedor getting Bispinged.
    Good Stoppage.

    For me, the FOTN was Tate vs. Coenen.

    “Well Allright….It’s A Girlfight!!.”
    – Southern Culture On The Skids

    It was truely a competitive treat.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    I should mention that I had become fond of Miesha Tate after watching her on Inside MMA.
    After seeing her delicate features and humble demeanor, I figured she’d get the crap beaten out of her.
    Boy was I wrong.

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