Strikeforce – Fedor Emelianenko Vs. Dan Henderson Play By Play

It seems like this fight has been in the making forever and it’s finally here. We don’t generally see this type of weight differential unless it’s in the heavyweight division, but Fedor weighed in at 16 pounds heavier than Henderson. When they were standing next to each other, there didn’t seem to be that large of a difference, but we’ll see if it matters inside the cage. Miesha Tate also tries to take the 135 women’s title from Marloes Coenen in a five round fight with five minute periods.

1. Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith

Saffiedine wins the round simply by controlling the action. He is out-quicking Smith and beating him to everything. Smith’s trying to load up on shots, but can’t really get off. Smith is cut over his left eye. Smith isn’t moving well and is pretty hittable.

Smith is a shot fighter. Saffiedine landed some wicked combinations including a shot lead left-hook and right low kick. Smith either has the worst stand-up defense or Saffiedine has tremendously fast hand and foot speed. Smith took some harsh punishment.

Saffiedine did a great job of switching back and forth in between stances, throwing off Smith’s timing. And he was just tagging him. Smith tried to press the action late, but could never catch him.

Winner: Tarec Saffiedine by way of unanimous decision

2. Tyron Woodley vs. Paul Daley

Lots of inside fighting, but the biggest shot was probably a low blow by Daley. Daley did a good job at stuffing the takedowns, but neither guy had an advantage.

Well, this one isn’t a classic. Woodley got him down and held him there for nearly the entire round. He grabbed a single and took him down, pushed him against the cage, but Daley stayed active and didn’t get in any bad positions. Near the end of the round, it was Woodley on the bottom and Daley got a couple shots in.
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Strikeforce Challengers: Tarec Saffiedine Vs. Tyron Woodley

This is the second MMA show of the year, and the first from Strikeforce. It’s also probably the most impressive Challengers card to date. I’m excited to see Rhadi Ferguson’s debut. He’s better known as the brother of Kimbo Slice. I’m also amped to see Ovince Saint Preux, Daniel Cormier, and then Woodley and Saffiedine in the main event.

1. John Richard vs. Rhadi Ferguson

Richard threw one of the hardest and wildest over-hand lefts to start a fight that I’ve ever seen. Thankfully for Ferguson, he missed. They started to grabble and Ferguson tried for a heel hook and didn’t get it. Richard rolled over to get Ferguson’s back. Richard is fast, but he lost a lot of weight to get this fight. Have to wonder if that hurts him later in the fight. Ferguson turned him over and started to lay in on the ground and pound. Richard turtled and Ferguson nailed him with more shots. One point was deducted from Richard for losing his mouth piece three times. It was Ferguson’s round and with the point deduction, it’s a 10-8 round.

Richard threw a kick that may have been low. Ferguson started to keel over and Richard rushed at him like a football tackle. Richard went down immediately. He grabbed Richard’s leg and went for a knee bar. Richard stepped over and got out, but Ferguson grabbed his other leg and went for a knee bar/heel hook and Richard tapped.

Winner: Rhadi Ferguson by way of 2nd round submission

2. Amanda Nunes vs. Julia Budd

That was very fast. Nunes dropped Budd with a left hand after bunch of quick punches and followed it up on the ground and it was over.

Winner: Amanda Nunes by way of 1st round TKO

Mauro Ranello says she could be on the fast track to face Cyborg.

3. Devin Cole vs. Daniel Cormier
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