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Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson – Hoffman Estates, Ill. – July 30, 2011
"In many ways it's the H-Bomb versus the F-Bomb tonight." That's what veteran fight commentator Mauro Ranallo said of this showdown between these two legends of the sport.
Dan Henderson locked horns with Fedor Emelianenko in a heavyweight matchup for the ages. Sure, Fedor was coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, but this was still a fight that MMA fans had been dreaming about since the glory days of Pride.
Though It seemed unlikely that either of these fighters would get knocked out, it didn't stop them from dropping bombs with reckless abandon.
It was an epic war of fisticuffs. Both Henderson and Fedor got in some good licks. "The Last Emperor" dropped Henderson against the cage. Fedor jumped on him trying to finish.
However, Henderson, an Olympic-level wrestler, slipped out and landed a short right uppercut on the button. The follow-up punches were academic and ref Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight. It was the first "real" knockout of Fedor's career.
Only a few fights later, "The Last Emperor" hung up his gloves and retired from MMA.
Watch the fight here.