These two modern day gladiators may no longer be in the primes of their careers, but I am still getting chills about this fight.
When the fight was first announced, I was a little apprehensive with it because Fedor is a heavyweight on a two-fight skid and Henderson just won the Strikeforce Light-heavyweight title. I still don't fully understand the timing of this bout, but as we continue to get closer to the event, I get more excited because I begin to think about the fact that we will be seeing two of the most decorated MMA fighters in the history of the sport mixing it up for the first time ever.
This is a must win fight for Fedor, in my opinion, and a very dangerous fight from him to take at that. Dan Henderson may be a smaller fighter, but he is an Olympic wrestler with a sledgehammer for a right hand, and Fedor has always seems to have trouble with high level wrestlers.
If Fedor is handed yet another loss, expect to see him retire from this sport, but don't count him out. He is as crafty and tough a veteran this sport has ever seen.
Henderson, on the other hand, seems to just be chugging right along after winning yet another major title by TKOing Rafael Cavalcante in the third round to claim Strikeforce gold.
Even at 40, Henderson still maintains a cast iron chin and a vicious, show stopping overhand right.
At first I was torn with who I would pick to win this matchup, but the more I think about it, the more clear the decision has made itself to me.
Henderson may be older, but Fedor has always had trouble with elite level wrestlers. Add to that Hendersons's wicked right hand, iron jar and potential speed advantage due to Fedor actually fighting a smaller man, and I think this could easily be the Emperor's Last Stand.
Dan Henderson via Second Round KO