Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Results - Tate Taps Coenen, Henderson Knocks Out Fedor in One

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Dan Henderson def. Fedor Emelianenko via TKO, Round 1
Miesha Tate def. Marloes Coenen via Submission, Round 4
Tim Kennedy def. Robbie Lawler via Unanimous Decision
Tyron Woodley def. Paul Daley via Unanimous Decision
Tarec Saffiedine def. Scott Smith via Unanimous Decision

Going from CM Punk's hometown Chicago crowd to the Chicago that was at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson was a jarring experience.  The event overall felt very flat, with three opening matches that didn't really inspire the fans, but they were not without their high points.  In the co-main event, Miesha Tate grinded through Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Marloes Coenen with relative ease, but just as it looked as though she'd ride out a decision, she locked in a nasty arm triangle.  Watch Tate pin down the squirming champion with a knee in the stomach as she cinched in the choke was a great finish to an alright bout.

The real story was in the main event, where MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko took on Dan Henderson.  These two just ran at each other and threw down.  Throughout the majority of the first round, Henderson was getting the better of the exchanges, and also controlling the clinch.  At the end of the round, Fedor managed to clip Henderson and send him to the mat.  Fedor, in typical Fedor fashion, dived on Henderson, but Henderson was well aware of his surroundings, and took Fedor's back.  From there, Henderson fed Fedor on of the nastiest under the armpit uppercuts I've ever seen, and Fedor went limp.  Referee Herb Dean rushed to call off the fight as Henderson dropped bombs on the back of Fedor's head.  Henderson was pulled off as Fedor rolled to his back, trying to regain position.  Some were crying foul at the final headshots, but Herb Dean was calling the fight before they landed, and I'm confident that those shots are what woke up Fedor.

What comes next for either man remains to be seen.  For Fedor, retirement is at the tip of everyone's tongue.  Going from "undefeated" to 0-3 in his past three fights is a tough pill to swallow.  As always, Fedor said that "It's God's will," in regards to what happens next in his career.  My bet?  M-1 Global is going to keep milking Fedor until he puts his foot down.  As for Henderson, his contract with Strikeforce is up, and I hope he can reach an agreement with the UFC to get him back into their ranks, as I think he'd be a great addition to the Light Heavyweight division.

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