The main event of Strikeforce tonight (July 30) featured a titanic clash of legendary champions Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson.
The atmosphere was electric and the Sears Centre was erupting right from the opening bell. It's not often fight fans are treated to match-ups like this.
And boy did it deliver.
Fedor came out swinging like a wild man and "Dangerous" Dan didn't back down one bit, answering the call with looping shots of his own. Who would have thought a slugfest would break out in the first 30 seconds?
That's exactly what happened, though, and after a short time clinching against the cage, they went back to brawling it out. And who got the better of the wild bombs both men were throwing?
None other than "Hollywood" Henderson, sending Fedor to his third straight defeat and possibly straight into retirement.
Fedor certainly didn't look beaten the way he did against Antonio Silva earlier this year. Quite the contrary, actually. "The Last Emperor" came out with a full head of steam and went toe-to-toe with "Hendo."
He did well enough to take Henderson to the floor with a flurry of punches late in the first round but he couldn't finish the job from there. And, in fact, that's what led to his undoing.
After Henderson slipped out from underneath the attack dog mode Fedor was in, he landed an "H-Bomb" uppercut that appeared to put Emelianenko completely out cold. Knocked flat, done.
Fedor protested the stoppage after the fight but it looked clear.
Either way, Henderson comes away with a knockout win and one that is well deserved. And this will easily go down as the best round of the year, probably even better than Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley earlier this year.
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