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July, 2011

‘Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson’ Aftermath: Captains of a Sinking Ship


The Hendo Alarm Clock ($19.95): Guaranteed to wake you up from the deepest of sleeps. (Pic: Strikeforce.com)

Waking up this morning I had no idea of the war being waged in comment sections and MMA forums throughout the night. I should have expected it, really, given the inexplicable fervor with which fans both exalt and denounce Fedor Emelianenko. My two cents on the stoppage: Dan Henderson hit Fedor with several full-force, illegal punches to the back of the head. They were to the back of the head because Fedor’s face was buried in the canvas. They were full-force force because Fedor’s arms lied limply at his sides, gently tucked below his slightly-less-chubby-than-usual torso. We can argue about “The Last Emperor” recovering and rolling over as Henderson was waived off, but there’s no debating what led referee Herb Dean to step in. Watch it in slow motion, watch it a lot.

That’s all the time I’ll devote to the main event; both men’s legacies were built long before they entered Hoffman Estates, and what transpired last night did little to change that. The real story is what’s ahead for last night’s winners and losers, and where Strikeforce as an organization is headed.

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Video: Dan Henderson Defeats Fedor Emelianenko Via First-Round TKO


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The wild opening and the dramatic finish. For a full rundown of last night’s Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, check out our liveblog.

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‘Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson’ — Live Results and Commentary

Fedor Henderson Scott Coker Strikeforce MMA photos
(“Fedor, it’s an honor to fight you. And Scott, no matter what happens tonight, I’ll be violently sodomizing you later.” Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle. For more photos from this album, click here.)

There might not be much on the line in the grand scheme of things, but make no mistake — Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson is a superfight. It’s rare that two MMA fighters with so many combined accolades step into the same cage to do battle. Thanks for coming by tonight and watching it with us.

Also on the card: the 135-pound women’s title fight between Marloes Coenen and Miesha Tate, and a pack of heavy-hitting supporting players like Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy, Paul Daley, and Scott Smith.

Live round-by-round results from the Showtime broadcast of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson will be piling up after the jump beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Refresh the page for all the latest and let your thoughts be heard in the comments section, even if they’re relatively stupid thoughts like, “DAAAAYYUM HE GOT NOCKED THE FUGGOUT!!1!” Come on in…

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Titan Fighting Championships 19 Results: Awesome Nicknames, Mediocre Fights


“Maybe if we leave Bobby Lashley on the poster, no one will notice that we left the ‘L’ out of professional” -The TFC Marketing Intern who worked on this poster

Are you a regional promotion that wants to get our attention? Put Bobby Lashley on your cards, and we’ll begrudgingly give you an article every time he fights. He decides to pull out of a fight for “personal problems”? Just stack your card with guys with crazy nicknames and we’ll sort it all out the next day.

As we mentioned earlier this week, Titan Fighting Championships returned with TFC 19 last night. Since the card featured a cast of relatively unknown fighters with unusual nicknames, we’re not going to do a traditional recap. Rather, we’re going to break this one down by examining which fighters actually lived up to their nicknames, and which nicknames appear to be failed attempts at ironic humor.

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Wild Slam of the Day: Alvin Walker Gives Mathhias Merkle a Lift

(Props to Cage Potato reader Steve C. for the tip)

If you haven’t heard of Alvin Walker before today, don’t take it too hard; the 3-0 fighter has competed exclusively in regional promotions in Germany. After today, if you haven’t heard of Alvin Walker you’re not a lover of crazy ass slams and should hang your head in shame.

In a suplex that looks so perfect it should have been launched from the top turnbuckle of a squared circle, Walker hoists Matthias Merkle over his head before slamming him to the mat behind him. From there a big right hand rocked Merkle and the following swarm of punches forced the TKO stoppage just 1:40 into the first round. Alvin, we salute you and all men who stare gravity in the face and say “no more”.

Previous moments of slam awesomeness:
The Seven Most Brutal KO Slams in MMA History

Cop at UFC 91 Body Slams Dude First, Asks Questions Later

Krazy Horse’s Helicopter Cage Slam

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Video Hype: Rashad Evans Makes Appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”

With only one week to go until the last-resort rematch between Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans, the hype is in full swing. Rashad made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night and came off very well. During his interview he performed impressions of his mother and Randy Couture and even sang a litte impromptu karaoke.

If you were hoping for some heated trash talk about his opponent, the above video won’t suit your needs. But don’t get it twisted: Rashad may be all smiles with Jimmy Fallon but he’s still willing to “go there”. Join us after the jump to get your fix as the two fighters trash talk it up for our viewing pleasure.

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Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Weigh-in Results: Fedor Has a Sixteen Pound Weight Advantage

It may be five years too late for the winner of tonight’s Fedor vs. Henderson bout to gain anything other than bragging rights, but that isn’t stopping us from being excited. Those of you who saw yesterday’s link dump already know that Fedor is only seven pounds lighter than he was when he fought Antonio Silva. Even though the scale doesn’t show it, Fedor looks more athletic than we’re accustomed to seeing him. Of course, if you’ve been paying attention you aren’t too surprised. Dan Henderson made weight as well, tipping the scales at 207 pounds.

To get an idea of how small Fedor is for a heavyweight, skip to about the two minute mark. Even though Fedor has the sixteen pound weight advantage, you wouldn’t know it by looking at him standing next to Hendo. Henderson, who pretty much came into this fight at light heavyweight, appears to be the same size as Fedor. And remember, Dan Henderson isn’t exactly the Anthony Johnson of the light heavyweight division.

Everyone else on tonight’s card made weight for their fights. Yes, this includes Paul Daley, who weighed in at 171 pounds for his fight against Tyron Woodley. Full results, courtesy of mmafighting.com, are after the jump.

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With Overeem Gone, No One Wins

A stark glimpse of the future.

Things move pretty quickly in the MMA game. It was less than two weeks ago that Alistair was ousted from the tournament after declining to contest his semi-final bout a month earlier than previously discussed. Three days ago, Overeem exercised his right to fight in other organizations and announced his participation in an MMA bout scheduled for October in Moscow. And last night Inside MMA dropped the bombshell that “The Demolition Man” has been served his pink slip by Zuffa officials.

At this point, we have very little information from either side of the fence. The latest short film uploaded to TheReem.com reveals that, in addition to the previously disclosed broken toe, Overeem is sporting a fractured rib which prevented his participation on the September Strikeforce card. We also know that the champion had only one fight remaining on his contract, meaning a victory over Antonio Silva in the tournament semi-finals would have granted him incredible bargaining power in the ensuing contract negotiations. If you think the details of his release are murky, just think about what this means for his immediate future.

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Alistair Overeem Released by Strikeforce


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That thumping sound you just heard? That’s the other shoe dropping. Inside MMA breaks the awful news:

Sources close to the situation have told Inside MMA that the company [Strikeforce] has exercised its right to eliminate his one remaining fight on his contract, effective July 22nd…Also according to the source, Overeem has been dealing with more serious injuries than originally reported, including a broken toe, and rib and elbow problems…Another issue that Strikeforce officials had regarding Overeem’s participation in the [Heavyweight Grand Prix] tournament is he had only one fight left on his current contract, and he would have had to fight twice to win the grand prix.”

Damn. Did Alistair Overeem really just lose his job because he wouldn’t compete earlier than he was originally asked to? Can’t wait to hear how Zuffa spins this debacle. We’ll update you when we know more…

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Friday Afternoon Link Dump


(Video courtesy of YouTube/opieradio)

- Fedor weighs in 7 lbs lighter for Hendo fight than he did for fight with Bigfoot (MMAFighting)

- The 50 funniest Ebay auctions ever (DoubleViking)

- The pudgiest fighters in MMA (BleacherReport)

- Two smoking hot Bulgarian girls shocked to find their apartment covered in cameras (Guyism)

- Braulio Estima talks fighting Jacare; says GSP could win ADCC (Tatame)

- The Great Male Survey (AskMen)

- “The Rhino” takes “The Crow’s” spot (TopMMANews)

- Strikeforce’s Bobby Green brings “hood” into the cage (Clutch.MTV)

- All your favorite old guys rumored for ‘Expendables 2′ (ScreenJunkies)

- Miletich says Cormier is a tougher fight for Bigfoot than Overeem (MiddleEasy)

- FTW: How to cure a hangover (MadeMan)

- Programming reminder: Rashad is on Jimmy Kimmel tonight(MMAMania)

- HolyTaco has the leaked ‘Thundercats’ clip and it looks terrible (HolyTaco)

- A rebuttal from the Underground Combat League (TheFightNerd)

 

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