As noted yesterday, Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson recently fielded questions regarding his upcoming opponent, Fedor Emelianenko, on Sherdog’s The Savage Dog Show. While the two have fought for the same promotions in Pride as well as with Strikeforce, the legends’ careers have long run parallel.
During the interview, Henderson weighed in on Emelianenko’s recent defeat to Antonio Silva.
“I had that fight one round to each,” noted Henderson. “I would’ve liked to’ve seen the doctor let it go for the third round so I could see the actual third round of that [fight]. I think Fedor would have maybe still lost. He was a little bit tired, but it would have been nice to see him try and pull it through.”
Henderson acknowledges Fedor’s legendary durability and ability to turn the tide of a fight in an instant. Despite Fedor’s recent struggles, he still sees it as a factor to consider.
“Fedor’s done that a couple of times to opponents, where he’s hurt or getting beat up a little bit and then knocks them out,” Henderson said. “He’s always dangerous, no matter if he’s in shape or not. It’s something whether it’s early or late in the fight, you always got to be careful against him. That’s definitely something I’ve thought about. I have to make sure I’m patient even with the finish.”
Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson takes place this Saturday, July 30th from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
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