Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson will air live tonight at 10 pm EST, on Showtime. Join us here at Cageside Seats for live results and coverage of the event, which is headlined by Fedor Emelianenko who is taking on Dan Henderson. We'll have round by round updates of each of the main card fights, we'll also discuss the action as it takes place in the comment section.
Can Fedor pull his career out of the downward spiral he's now found himself in, or will Henderson put his dynamite fists to work against the heavyweight legend? Co-headlining is Women's champion Marloes Coenen taking on Miesha Tate, in what should prove to be a technical affair between two of female mma's most formidable fighters. Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson should prove to be an exciting event from top to bottom, I highly suggest catching the fight wherever you can, whether it be at home on Showtime, or at your local sports bar.
Coverage begins after the jump!
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Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith:
Round 1 - A solid example of why stand and bang isn't always exciting. Both men wanted to land both kicks and punches, but the range was rarely there. Saffiedine landed a great deal more, doing the most damage with a variety of head kicks. 10-9 Saffiedine
Round 2 - Nice round here, with Saffiedine picking his shots against a slowing, hurt Smith. A headkick/punch combo sent Smith looking for a single leg, which Saffiedine avoided, and took Smith's back. Smith escaped out the back door while Saffiedine was looking to secure hooks, but Saffiedine's methodical destruction continued until the round ended. 10-9 Saffiedine
Round 3 - Target practice for Saffiedine, Smith's timing and speed have betrayed him here. Beautiful showing by Saffiedine, his combos were impressive, and he left Smith's face a bloody mess. 10-9 Saffiedine
Tarec Saffiedine def. Scott Smith via Unanimous Decision.
Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley:
Round 1 - Feeling out early on leads to a take down attempt from Woodley after Daley threw a kick. Daley stuffs it, they clinch against the cage. Low knee from Daley catches Woodley in the cup, Woodley takes the time to recover. They take to the center of the cage again, Woodley looks real comfortable pumping the jab, as well as kicking. Woodley shoots off the kick, stuffed again by Daley, which is certainly a promising sign for those who questioned Daley's wrestling improvement.
They clinch against the cage, Daley can't create the distance, Woodley holding position, and not long after, they're separated. Big left hook misses for Daley, then an uppercut misses, Woodley shoots, but can't get it. They're clinched against the cage again, Daley gets his back off the cage and steps away. Sloppy right hook lands for Woodley, Daley gets in tight, and they clinch. Woodley has outstruck Daley at this point. Daley gets his back off the cage, they jockey for position, trade knees, and the round ends. 10-9 Woodley
Round 2 - Woodley shoots early, but it's stuffed again, Daley defending, and they clinch against the cage, sound familiar? Woodley hooking to the body, the fans booing. Woodley finally gets a single leg, Daley pulls him into his guard. Woodley landing some solid, short punches from top. Woodley doing just enough to not be stood up, not actively looking to pass though. Woodley takes Daley to the cage, Daley looking to wall walk his way to standing position. Woodley sticking to him though, and not letting Daley work. Daley's back hits the mat again, Woodley returns to his methodical attacking from guard. They're stood up with 20 seconds to go. Woodley shoots, big sprawl from Daley, Daley hammers the body, and tries to attack when Woodley rolls to his back, but the round ends. 10-9 Woodley
Round 3 - They trade strikes early, Woodley getting the better of the exchange, then scoring the take down. Woodley working from half guard, looks for an arm triangle, but it's not there. Elbows from Woodley landing well. After two minutes on his back, Daley manages to wall walk, and reaches his feet. Daley fending off a single leg. Daley gets away, tagging Woodley in the head with a hook as he's on his knees. Woodley shoots again, Daley defends, and attacks the head of Woodley. They reach their feet and trade uppercuts and knees in the clinch. Woodley shoots, scramble, and Daley gets an omaplata! Wow! Woodley moves into Daley's guard, and the round ends. 10-9 Woodley, but Daley did much better than I expected.
Tyron Woodley def. Paul Daley via Unanimous Decision
Tim Kennedy vs. Robbie Lawler:
Round 1 - A minute thirty seconds into the fight, Lawler's taking a break for a low blow. Back to dancing. Kennedy shoots, Lawler sprawls easy. Another take down defended by Lawler, and he sends Kennedy backpedaling with a big hook. More movement from Lawler. Take down attempt by Kennedy, Lawler diving away, but Kennedy sticks. After a great deal of scrambling, Kennedy has Lawler's back on their knees, he's looking to secure the position, but Lawler stands up and gets away. Nice left hand by Kennedy. Kennedy ducks under and lands a slick double leg take down, working in side control now. Passes to mount with ease. Lawler looking to escape, and does after tossing Kennedy off. Two head kicks by Kennedy end the round. 10-9 Kennedy
Round 2 - Feeling out the opening minute. Take down defended by Lawler, who follows up with a massive uppercut that misses. Circling going on here, Lawler rolls his shoulders, Kennedy shoots, Lawler fires off a well timed uppercut that buts open Kennedy bad. Kennedy gets the take down. Kennedy working for half guard, and he is just leaking. Lawler gets him into his guard, Kennedy peppering with shots from the top. A series of punches by Kennedy, working well here. Lawler throws up a few strikes from his back. I like how Kennedy is working these punches in guard. Round ends with Kennedy in top position bleeding like a stuck pig. 10-9 Lawler
Round 3 - Front kicks to the knee from Kennedy. Lawler stalking, backing Kennedy up to the cage. Take down defended by Lawler. Flying knee by Lawler misses, he's looking to make his shots count. Nice inside leg kick by Kennedy. Right hook by Lawler as Kennedy looks to clinch, knee to the body by Kennedy, but he eats a big hook. Lawler needs to move if he doesn't want to leave this fight up in the air. Kicks by Kennedy, Lawler can't counter. Fifty seconds left and Robbie Lawler just isn't letting his hands go. Kennedy gets the thai clinch, lands a knee, then scoops up the double leg. Strikes from half guard by Kennedy. The round ends with Kennedy attacking. 10-9 Kennedy
Tim Kennedy def Robbie Lawler via Unanimous Decision
Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate:
Round 1 - Coenen doesn't look happy with Tate. They trade punches, Tate clinches, and they work against the cage. Coenen feeds Tate a knee, and they jockey for position against the cage. Take can't get a take down, they separate. Big left hook by Coenen, knee as well, Tate shoots. Coenen working a choke, Tate gets the take down, Coenen squeezes, Tate looks like she's going to tap, but Coenen loses it. They scramble, Tate on top, and ends up in a high side control. Tate not doing much, but Coenen can't shake her. Tate finishes in north south position. 10-9 Tate
Round 2 - Tate rushes right out, and they clinch up. Knees traded, they jockey against the cage. After working a single leg for a minute or so, Tate gets it, but Coenen rolls through with the take down, and takes Tate's back, hooks in, and then she moves to a body triangle. Coenen looking for the rear naked choke, but Tate is defending well while eating some light strikes. Coenen is all over Tate here, harder strikes coming now, but Tate refuses to give up the choke. Tate manages to get to her knees with ten seconds left, and the round ends. 10-9 Coenen
Round 3 - Kicks by Coenen to get things started. A kick gets caught, Tate takes her down, and works in guard. It was all Tate on top, despite a stand up, they found themselves right back on the ground. Easily a Tate round, but a nice sweep by Coenen right at the end. 10-9 Tate
Round 4 - Tate with the take down, lots of scrambling, but Tate eventually get Coenen in an arm triangle, forcing the submission.
Miesha Tate def. Marloes Coenen via Submission (Arm Triangle) in the 4th Round
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson:
Round 1 - They just start SCRAPPING! Holy crap. Slop boxing for the most part, but awesome none the less. Hendo clinches, they're against the cage, Fedor is bleeding. Hendo goes for the take down, Fedor grabs the cage and prevents it. They trade knees, still working in the clinch. Fedor's right eye is swelling. They separate, Hendo throws some massive hooks on the exit. Fedor stalking, he rushes in, but Hendo avoids. Fedor tags Hendo, and he drops! Henderson scrambles, and takes Fedor's back, and lands BOMBS!!! Fedor goes limp! It's over! Woah!
Dan Henderson def. Fedor Emelianenko via KO in the 1st Round