Strikeforce Fedor vs. Henderson: Power Ranking the Card's 5 Hardest Hitters

First LastCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2011

Strikeforce Fedor vs. Henderson: Power Ranking the Card's 5 Hardest Hitters

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    July is set to end with a bang as this weekend's Strikeforce card will feature a main card full of power punchers.

    In the main event, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson in a heavyweight bout. Emelianenko is currently on a two-fight losing streak and needs a win bad.

    Many are expecting one of the two to get knocked out. Between the two, only Emelianenko has two TKO stoppages, which came by a cut and corner stoppage.

    Other power punchers featured on the card include Robbie Lawler, Paul Daley and Scott Smith. All will be featured in three different bouts, so expect to see some big knockouts this weekend on Showtime.

No. 5: Scott Smith

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    Notable victories by T(KO): Cung Le, Benji Radach, Pete Sell, Kyle Noke, Terry Martin

    Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith was one of the most resilient and powerful punches in the middleweight division.

    With his recent move down to the welterweight division, he should have an even bigger advantage in power.

    Of his 17 wins, 14 have come by knockout, including seven by straight KO.

    If his fight with Tarec Saffiedine remains on the feet, expect to see some heavy leather exchanged between the two.

No. 4: Fedor Emelianenko

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    Notable victories by T(KO): Andrei Arlovski, Brett Rogers, Gary Goodridge

    Although Fedor Emelianenko doesn't have the high number of one-punch knockouts that other fighters have on this card, he still possess quite an amount of power and is capable of putting anyone away if he lands one of his overhand rights on the chin.

    His opponent, Dan Henderson, has never been knocked out, so it will be interesting to see how well he takes a shot from a very skilled but undersized heavyweight.

    A lot of his fights have ended up on the ground, where he has won 16 times by submission. His only knockout victories in the past five years have been against Arlovski and Rogers. It's hard to give him credit for punching power against Arlovski, who is considered by many to have the worst chin in the sport.

No. 3: Robbie Lawler

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    Notable victories by T(KO): Melvin Manhoef, Matt Lindland, Scott Smith, Murilo Rua, Frank Trigg, Joey Villasenor, Falaniko Vitale (x2), Tiki Goshn

    Robbie Lawler is 18-7 in MMA with 15 knockouts on his record.

    Lawler has had his fair share of standup wars in the past, and his fight with Tim Kennedy is an intriguing one.

    This one will end up going one of two ways. Either Kennedy will win by submission, or Lawler will win by knockout.

    Even in fights where Lawler was totally outclassed, he still possesses enough power to put anyone away with one shot. No more proof is needed of that than his fight with Manhoef.

No. 2: Paul Daley

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    Notable victories by T(KO): Scott Smith, Dustin Hazelett, Martin Kampmann, Sam Morgan, Duane Ludwig, John Alessio

    Paul "Semtex" Daley is one of the hardest punchers in the sport and is definitely the strongest puncher at welterweight.

    His two victories in the UFC came by knockout, including his stoppage victory over the very tough Martin Kampmann. Overall, he has 20 knockout in 27 victories.

    His knockout over Scott Smith was one of the best in 2010 and was Knockout of the Year on many lists.

    He also dropped Nick Diaz twice before being stopped with three seconds left in the first round of their fight.

No. 1: Dan Henderson

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    Notable victories by T(KO): Michael Bisping, Rafael Cavalcante, Wanderlei Silva, Akihiro Gono, Ryo Chonan, Renzo Gracie

    Dan Henderson comes into his bout with Emelianenko with a big edge in punching power. His iron-chin and wrestling ability give him a very good chance to show off his power, which has knocked out 13 of his 36 opponents.

    Technically, Henderson isn't the best striker. He often loops his shots and hopes it lands on his opponent's chin without really setting up the punch. Still, if it lands, it's usually lights out for the guy standing across from him.

    Many are expecting to see Henderson win by KO on Saturday night and his record proves he is fully capable of doing so.