"I felt great about the stoppage. I felt that, had the ref not jumped in, I would have definitely not been moving off top of him and probably knocked him unconscious even more. I thought I was going to fight a three-round war with him. Obviously I would have liked to caught him like I did but I felt that he's going to be hard to knock out, he's a veteran that if he gets hurt, he's going to be able to recover like he did in the first flurry of the fight."
-- "Dangerous" Dan Henderson explains his side of the story on the perceived early stoppage in his main event fight against Fedor Emelianenko last night (July 30) at Strikeforce in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. As "Hendo" tells it, it wouldn't have mattered if referee Herb Dean had let the fight go on anyway, because he would have stayed busy throwing "H-Bombs" until "The Last Emperor" was even further down Queer Street. Henderson may have been expecting a three-round war but the pace of the battle from the opening bell dictated a much quicker -- and far more satisfying -- finish. That is, if you're on the side that thinks the stoppage was justified. Fedor certainly didn't but he's not exactly an impartial observer in all this. Anyone think if Dean let the fight continue Henderson would have just put Emelianenko to sleep anyway? Hear more from "Hollywood" after the jump.