Strikeforce Fedor vs. Henderson: 7 Questions That Will Be Answered Saturday

Matt Saccaro@@mattsaccaroContributor IIIJuly 27, 2011

Strikeforce Fedor vs. Henderson: 7 Questions That Will Be Answered Saturday

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    Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is set to take place only three days from now on July 30th. While some may scoff at the main event fighters who have a combined 74 years between them, there are actually several important questions going into the event.

    How can a main event be important enough to answer seven questions? It is not merely the main event that is important but the rest of the card itself; there are many question marks regarding certain fighters that will finally disappear Saturday night.

    What are they? Read and find out!

Can Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante Get It Together?

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    Lightweight Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante was once one of the most highly touted fighters outside of the UFC in the world. Some even claimed that a fight between Cavalcante and B.J. Penn would be one of the most epic lightweight showdowns of all time!

    Unfortunately, as with many highly regarded fighters who earned their fame in Japan, they are proving to be far less skilled than people thought; Cavalcante is 1-3-2 in the last two three years.

    Cavalcante has a chance to begin redeeming himself on Saturday night against Bobby Green. Will Cavalcante manage to pull his career back together? We won't know even if we tune in one Saturday; the fight is not even on the televised card.

Is Scott Smith Just a Glorified Can?

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    For all his faults, Scott Smith is still recognized as one of the most courageous and determined fighters due to his never-say-die attitude in the cage and his epic come-from-behind knockouts over the likes of Pete Sell, Cung Le, and Benji Radach.

    However, this is really all Smith is known for since whenever he has had a step up in competition, he has usually dropped the ball.

    Smith is now 1-3 in his last four and is on a two fight losing streak.

    If Smith loses on Saturday to Belgian fighter Tarec Saffiedine—whose only real claim to fame is submitting UFC washout Brock Larson—than the question of Scott Smith being nothing but a glorified tomato can may be definitively answered.

Is Tyron Woodley the Real Deal?

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    Wrestler Tyron Woodley made his Strikeforce debut in 2009 at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. Woodley was only 2-0 at the time of the fight.

    Since then, Woodley has put together a six fight winning streak under the Strikeforce banner, which includes a win over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace André Galvão.

    On Saturday, the 8-0 Woodley will take on feared British striker Paul Daley in a match that will answer the important question: "Is Tyron Woodley the real deal?"

Does Robbie Lawler Still Have It?

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    "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler was a fighter that was consistently used and hyped by EliteXC—he even became the organization's middleweight champion—and then Strikeforce when EliteXC went under.

    Since then, Lawler's career has hit darker times. Lawler is 3-3 in his last six dating back to 2008 and hasn't put a winning streak together since winning four in a row in 2006-7.

    Lawler will face Tim Kennedy on Saturday, a fighter who has proved his mettle on several occasions and who fans know is a serious competitor.

    Even if Lawler loses he can still salvage most of his reputation if he puts on a show and makes the fight competitive. But if he gets dominated, it will leave many rightly asking "Does Robbie Lawler still have it?"

Will Women's MMA Steal the Show?

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    An adage which states "Women's fights are often the most exciting on the card" is beginning to develop in the world of mixed martial arts (if the phrase hasn't become an adage already).

    On Saturday, women's welterweight champion Marloes Coenen will take on Strikeforce women's welterweight tournament winner Miesha Tate.

    There are many other notably exciting fighters on the card such as Scott Smith, Robbie Lawler and Paul Daley, so stealing the show will be a pretty difficult feat for Coenen and Tate.

    Nevertheless, the women have been given an incredible platform for their craft: A co-main event slot in front of Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko.

    If Marloes Coenen and Miesha Tate provide an epic fight worthy of women's MMA than it may convert many non believers (which may include UFC president Dana White).

    Thus, the fate of women's MMA (WMMA) is at stake in their fight. Should it be boring or too one sided a la Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Jan Finney, the fate of WMMA will be bleak.

Is Fedor Emelianenko Done?

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    When former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko is involved there are always dozens of questions around, especially since his two losses.

    Of all the questions that can be asked, the most pertinent of which is simply "Is Fedor Emelianenko done as a fighter?"

    Emelianenko has lost two straight and looked uninspired in his last performance against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. If Emelianenko loses to another Pride legend in Dan Henderson, many fans will forget the Russian's storied career and is accolades; Fedor Emelianenko will become a glorified can.

Is Dan Henderson One of the Best of All Time?

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    If former Pride champion of two weight classes Dan Henderson manages to defeat Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday, will that provide an answer to the question: "is Dan Henderson one of the best of all time?"

    No, since many will disregard the loss because of the widespread notion that Fedor is washed up/was never that good. However, people will at least begin asking the question and giving it some serious thought.


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