Fedor Emelianenko will look to defeat Dan Henderson this weekend.
Written by Jeff O.
In three days the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time will look to bounce back after two surprising losses. Standing in front of him is another great fighter, Dan Henderson. The two will meet this Saturday at the Sears Center just outside of Chicago, Illinois.
Also on the card Miesha Tate looks for Strikeforce gold when she takes on women’s 135 pound champ Marloes Coenen. Middleweights Tim Kennedy and Robbie Lawler both will try to get a rematch with Middleweight champ Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza. Paul Daley enters the cage for the first time since losing to Nick Diaz against fast rising prospect Tyron Woodley.
Other welterweight action includes Scott Smith against another prospect in Tarec Saffiedine. In other action Gesias Cavalcante takes on former King of the Cage champ Bobby Green in a lightweight battle.
Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante vs Bobby Green
‘JZ’ is coming off of a No Contest when he poked Justin Wilcox in the eye a month ago. Green last fought in April winning a decision at a KOTC event.
Cavalcante has had a rough few years and in his past six fights he has only won one fight while dropping two with another two No Contests. Things could be looking up here as Cavalcante has won seven of 15 career fights by way of submission and out of Green’s four losses two have come that way. Cavalcante also has more experience in big show fights, they have fought the same amount of fights but Cavalcante’s competition far outweighs Green’s.
Prediction: Cavalcante wears Green down for a second round submission.
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith
Following knockout losses to Cung Le and Daley, Smith finds himself in need of a win here against Saffiedine. ‘Hands of Steel’ made the drop to 170 in December and became a clip on Daley’s highlight reel after a brutal KO. The former ultimate fighter cast-mate last won in December of 2009 in an upset of Le. Smith will always be in any fight due to his heavy hands, just ask Pete Sell.
Scott Smith in the green shorts.
Saffiedine is also looking to bounce back from a loss, his to Woodley which came at a Strikeforce Challengers show. The Team Quest trained fighter has won half of his fights via submission and if he wants to stay conscious will look to take it to the ground early.
Prediction: Smith via decision, he may not come out as aggressive as always but he should be able to keep it standing the majority of the bout where he has an advantage.
Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley
Daley looked on his way to capturing Strikeforce gold in April, knocking champ Nick Diaz down twice and putting on a dominating round. However near the end of the round Diaz dropped Daley and finished the fight with seconds to go in the round.
Daley will now look to add another knockout to his record by taking on highly regarded prospect Tyron Woodley. Daley is great at one thing but not anything else. He can knock anyone out at anytime the only problem he has is getting the chance to, unless you’re crazy enough to stand with him like Diaz did. The easiest way to beat him is to take him down and try to beat him there like Josh Koscheck did at UFC 113.
Woodley has Daley’s kryptonite, wrestling and he has it in spades. Woodley was a two time all american at the University of Missouri before going 8-0 in his young career. He has also won five of his fights by way of submission and would be smart to take Daley down and not play with the bombs that Daley throws.
Prediction: Woodley takes him down throughout the bout before finishing with a late submission.
Tim Kennedy vs. Robbie Lawler
Kennedy is probably one of the most awesome people alive but that wont matter to Lawler who will try to take his head off nonetheless. Both men last lost to middleweight champ Jacare Souza, Lawler getting submitted whereas Kennedy lost a close decision.
Kennedy got back into the win column with a submission win over Melvin Manhoef in March. Kennedy is also a former Green Beret who also won the Bronze Star for valor under fire. He also had an amateur career that saw him go (30-1) and is now 13-3 as a professional. The former pit trained fighter is very well rounded and wants to get back in the title mix immediately as he plans on going back to combat.
Lawler hasn’t fought since his loss to Souza but that wont likely change what he will try to do versus Kennedy. ‘Ruthless’ likes to
Robbie Lawler shows off his handywork.
knock people out and his knockout of Matt Lindland was bone chilling. Still Lawler has shown a weakness to grapplers in the past and if Kennedy can get it to the ground Lawler may be in some trouble.
Prediction: Kennedy should be able to keep Lawler at bay long enough to get him to the floor and submit him, if he can’t Lawler might put his lights out quick. Kennedy via second round submission.
Miesha Tate vs. Marloes Coenen
The only title fight on a great card is between two of the top women’s fighters in the world. Coenen secured the title with a submission over Sarah Kaufman this past October and recently defended it against Liz Carmouche. Tate has won five straight and will look to become a Strikeforce Champion for the first time.
Coenen likes to submit people, out of 19 career wins, 14 of them have come by submission and in her last fight she pulled out a submission in the fourth round in a fight that she was losing. Tate will have to stick on Coenen all night long if she wants to win this fight.
Prediction: Coenen is too good on the ground for most and she will continue it here. Coenen via third round submission.
Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson
The fight that many have waited for, the fight that could be their last. Both men are getting up there in age, Henderson more so than Fedor but Henderson has won two straight while Fedor has lost two straight. No one ever thought that Fedor would lose to Fabricio Werdum but he did and the follow up loss to Antonio Silva had to have been crushing. However both of those men don’t posses a challenge that Henderson does. Attached to Henderson is a bomb that when it hits someone they tend to get knocked out, ahem Michael Bisping.
Dan Henderson's power
Hendo will come into the fight smaller than Fedor but he may have a speed advantage, his cardio may be a problem if he hasn’t fixed it since the Shields fight. Henderson has to worry about Fedor’s power and his ground game but as long as he keeps it standing he has a good chance to win.
Fedor has fought men with power before but none in a long time. The problem with picking against Fedor is that he could win at any second as well as evidenced by his fight with Brett Rogers. Fedor probably doesn’t have to worry about being submitted by Henderson the worry mostly lies in his power, but if he can get Hendo down himself he might be able to submit him. Can Fedor go on one last run? Can he prove that he’s not done?
Can Fedor pull it off one more time?
Prediction: In what should be a highly entertaining bout, expect Fedor to take another arm home with him. Fedor via armbar first round.