Strikeforce Results: Fedor Emelianenko Loses Again, Should He Retire?

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IJuly 31, 2011

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson has just come to a conclusion with Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson defeating Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of the evening.

Henderson won the fight via first round TKO, but it was a very competitive matchup before the fight was stopped and it seemed that either fighter could win.

Near the end of the first round, it actually appeared that Fedor had the upper hand, buckling Dan with big punches and then going in for the kill.

When Emelianenko got on top of Henderson, Dan was able to use his Greco Roman wrestling background to reverse position and wind up on top.

Fedor tried to stand up, but caught with a big uppercut and from there Henderson landed some ground-and-pound to finish the fight.

Fans seemed to think the fight was stopped a touch early and Fedor agreed, stating in the post-fight interview that he believes he could have continued.

Premature stoppage or not, it is a loss on Emelianenko's record and the third one in a row.

Fedor is a legend of the sport and considered by many to be the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts history, but it's clear that he cannot compete at the same level as we're used to seeing him at.

So, the question on everyone's mind is: Should Fedor Emelianenko retire?

I'm thinking, yes.

Henderson is, for all intents and purposes, a middleweight fighter. He weighed in at 207 lbs, but Dan had to actively try and gain weight to get himself to that size. And it's not as if Hendo is the elite of the elite in his division. Many websites have him ranked outside the top five in the world for the light heavyweight division.

If Fedor can't beat a guy who has to bulk up to make 205 lbs, what are the chances he is going to be able to hang with the top heavyweights in the world?

Emelianenko has had a remarkable run as an MMA fighter and we're all very appreciative of the performances he's put on, but it might be time to hang them up.

If the continues to fight, it's more than likely that he'll just continue to tarnish his legacy.

I have nothing but respect for Fedor, but I don't think any of us want to see him turn into the next Chuck Liddell.

On the back of three defeats, I think his only other option is to switch weight classes.

Fedor has always been small for a heavyweight. He weighs in at under 230 lbs, usually, and that's with a considerable amount of flab on his frame. Emelianenko is only 34 years old and a reorientation of his career is not out of the question.

If he got himself into better shape, Fedor could easily make light heavyweight and possibly even middleweight.

Unfortunately, Emelianenko has gone on record saying that he has no interest in dropping weight to fight in lighter divisions and wants to continue to fight at heavyweight like he always has.

Fedor is a competitor, so it will not be surprising if he decides to keep on fighting.

However, when presented with the options of seeing Emelianenko retire, or seeing him lose more fights to top heavyweights, I think I'd rather see him hang 'em up.