Strikeforce Fedor vs. Henderson: Dan Henderson Will Knock out Fedor Emelianenko

Dale De Souza@@DaleDeSouzaMMAAnalyst IJuly 29, 2011

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (R-L) Dan Henderson connects with a right to Mike Bisping during their middleweight bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Let's get one thing correct: nobody is ever "done" in MMA.

There are only those who can perform well in active competition and those who should seek being active in being a trainer or a coach.

For whatever reason, the pathetic epidemic of a short-term memory has heightened to where, nowadays, a once great fighter can be considered "done" despite suffering the two-fight skid on white he is currently on.

Such is the case with Fedor Emelianenko, who will be subjected forcefully to the ridiculous outcries for retirement if he finds himself on a three-fight losing streak after his bout with Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson.

There's no shame in losing to Dan Henderson at all, and as long as people remember Fedor's dominance in PRIDE, there's a strong unlikelihood that he will be forgotten in MMA.

He will not be forgotten, sure, but some are saying that Fedor will actually not lose.

Reasonable opinion, but some have been bold enough to say that in fact it will be Fedor's right hand that knocks Henderson out.

Now that is a noble assessment, but you all do recall Henderson's iron jaw and his own legendary right hand, right?

Wanderlei SIlva, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Anderson Silva, Rogerio Nogueira and others have tried as hard as they could to knock Henderson out or pound away at him until a referee stoppage, and while some were successful in defeating Henderson, none were successful in knocking him out.

Henderson is no natural heavyweight, but at middleweight and at light heavyweight, the best of the best have been unsuccessful in finishing him by anything apart from a submission or by outdoing him for the duration of the fight.

If Rampage Jackson, one of the greatest American light heavyweights in MMA besides Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, was unsuccessful in knocking Dan Henderson out. And if Anderson Silva could not knock out Dan Henderson, then what chance does Fedor have of knocking Henderson out?

Aside from that, how do we know that Fedor's slimmed figure isn't the sign of the heavyweight version of a Liddell-Rich Franklin situation?

Fedor could look the best he's looked in ages, have Henderson's back against the wall, and yet still get knocked out by Hendo's legendary right hand.

Truthfully, Henderson's right hand can connect with Fedor's jaw in any way that Henderson wants, and we all know that he can do it without forcing the knockout.

It's not a question of Hendo putting Fedor's lights out once and for all—it's a heartbreaking yet appropriate sendoff to Fedor's career for Hendo to knock out arguably the greatest mixed martial artist ever come Saturday night.

There is no question that as much as some will wish otherwise, Henderson will knock Fedor out.

It's not a question IF it will happen, but WHEN it will happen.

On that, Henderson will be the judge, jury, and executioner.

**For those who are representing Team Fedor on Saturday, you can learn why Fedor will knock Henderson out here.


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