Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and MMA legend Dan Henderson took home one of the biggest wins of his career last night when he took out Fedor Emelianenko via first round TKO in the main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.
The fight was back and forth from the start, with both men finding moments of success. As the round began to die, Emelianenko turned things up and went after Henderson, who was put on his heels and eventually the mat under the pressure of The Last Emperor’s attack.
Owing to his MMA savvy and sheer grit, Henderson hung tough and reversed position on Emelianenko, ending up behind him. He slipped in a sneaky uppercut through the Russian’s armpit that planted him face-first on the canvas. Hendo landed a few follow up shots and Emelianenko started to see through the haze right as ref Herb Dean pushed Henderson off and called a halt to the fight.
Though Emelianenko and several others have voiced the opinion that the fight was stopped a bit prematurely, Henderson thinks Dean’s call was right on the money.
“I felt great about the stoppage,” said Henderson. “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.”
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