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In the main event of the evening two legends in Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson put on one of the most interesting, highly anticipated fights in Strikeforce's history and while it ended in the first round, it didn't disappoint.
After an extremely fast-paced slugfest, Fedor had Hendo backpedaling, eventually dropping him. While going in for the kill, Henderson was able to grab a single leg, pull Fedor into a deep half-guard, and begin taking the back, leaving him exposed for an uppercut that dropped "The Last Emperor" and ended his night.
Dan Henderson picked up his sixth win in seven fights—his last four ending via knockout. At 40 years old, Hendo still seems to have the ability to hang with the best in the world.
Although his contract has come to an end, ideally, his next fight would be a defense of his Strikeforce light heavyweight championship. Gegard Mousasi would likely make for the best matchup, but the winner of Roger Gracie and King Mo Lawal would also be a worthwhile fight.
The big question is the next move for former No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Fedor Emelianenko. Following his vicious knockout of Brett Rogers, Fedor has fallen quite a bit, losing three in a row—all stoppages. Many are calling for his retirement, although Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker would still like to see his return.
Fedor has proved that he is no longer a force at heavyweight and if he continues to fight, it should not be in that division. Coming into this bout at 223 pounds, Emelianenko could have easily cut to 205, especially since he has a good deal of excess body fat.