Completed MMA Bout

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson

Main Event | Heavyweight · 265 lbs | MMA

Dan "Hendo" Henderson
"The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko

Round 1

Dan Henderson Fedor Emelianenko

"Hendo" "The Last Emperor"

27-8-0   Pro Record At Fight   31-3-0
Climbed to 28-8   Record After Fight   Fell to 31-4
+235 (Moderate Underdog)   Betting Odds   -270 (Moderate Favorite)
United States   Nationality   Russia
Temecula, California   Fighting out of   Stary Oskol, Belgorod, Russia
40 years, 11 months, 6 days   Age at Fight   34 years, 10 months, 2 days
207.0 lbs (93.9 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   223.0 lbs (101.2 kgs)
6'1" (186cm)   Height   6'0" (183cm)
74.0" (188cm)   Reach   74.5" (189cm)
Team Quest   Gym   Alexander Nevsky (Stary Oskol)
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson
  • Date: Saturday 07.30.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Herb Dean
  • Venue: Sears Centre
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 265 lbs (120.2 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Gus Johnson
  • Emelianenko Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Henderson Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Event Links:

Emelianenko vs. Henderson Wiki Update Wiki

The main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson featured two legendary MMA fighters finally squaring off in Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson. Emelianenko entered the contest on a two-fight losing streak that had many observers wondering if his incredible career would soon be coming to an end. Henderson, meanwhile, was still looking strong at 40 years old and entered the fight on a two-fight win streak, including one where he captured the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title. Henderson rose up in weight class to to heavyweight in order to take the fight, yet weighed in at only 207 pounds, demonstrating that he was clearly not a true heavyweight.

Emelianenko came out swinging hard and aggressively but was immediately caught by a left from Henderson that had him stunned and backtracking. Fedor stumbled defensively, clearly hurt yet still swinging, and Henderson barreled forward pressing "The Last Emperor" against the cage. Henderson delivered knees to the thighs against the cage, softening up Emelianenko over the next minute. Henderson swung and missed with a big right as they broke free from the clinch. Emelianenko looked to have recovered somewhat and again aggressively attacked throwing a right that landed. Fedor landed again, buckling Henderson and swarming on top looking for a dramatic finish as the audience roared with excitement. Henderson, cut open under his left eye but maintaining his wits, secured an arm around Fedor's leg, brilliantly reversed off of his back, and delivered a short uppercut from behind that the Russian never saw coming. Emelianenko dropped face-first to the mat, seemingly unconscious if just momentarily, and Henderson unloaded with two power punches as Fedor's head was pinned to the canvas. Referee Herb Dean sensed that Emelianko could no longer defend himself and called off the fight in a furious and wild finish. Emelianenko looked aware of his surroundings and seemingly wanted to continue, however had a difficult time getting back to his feet. The controversial yet likely fair and appropriate stoppage capped off an intense and memorable fight.

The bout ended officially at 4:12 of the first round, sending Emelianenko to his third straight defeat and giving Henderson one of the best moments of his career. Speaking to Gus Johnson in the post-fight interview, Henderson commented, "I've been a huge fan of Fedor's forever, I respect him so much as a fighter and what he's done for a sport... as a fan of Fedor's I hope he keeps fighting... At the end of the fight he landed a nice uppercut and I felt it sting, but then I landed a nice uppercut and he was on his knees."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:25 PM ET
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Emelianenko vs. Henderson Fight Predictions

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Emelianenko vs. Henderson Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

On @ClinchGear Radio on XM 207 / Sirius 94 now
3 days, 23 hours, and 39 minutes
Thanks, dude. I appreciate it. RT @KingMoFH: @danhendo great win bro
3 days and 56 minutes
Wrestling RT @tanelios: @danhendo what do you call that transition you pulled on Fedor. Never seen that one before
3 days and 20 minutes
Vacation this week then hunting. Lol. RT @HawkLogging: @danhendo r you vacationing or really going on a hunting trip? Both would be nice lol
2 days, 23 hours, and 20 minutes
Sorry for not replying personally to each congratulatory tweet. I truly appreciate the kind words. Starting a little vacation today!
2 days, 22 hours, and 59 minutes
Congratulations! I sincerely wish the best for you & your family. RT @OfficialM1: I'm back at home, with my (cont)
2 days, 22 hours, and 54 minutes
Me too! RT @tarecfighter: Getting Fat and Happy!!
2 days, 22 hours, and 53 minutes
Use the contact for on my website & my mgr will follow up. Thx. RT @tbsefmsports: @danhendo It is a Korean (cont)
2 days, 14 hours, and 36 minutes
I appreciate it. Thx! RT @DaGrumpyMonk: @danhendo Dan! I really wanted to congratulate you on that win man. That (cont)
2 days, 3 hours, and 10 minutes
Thx dude RT @jrosdal: @danhendo H-Bomb! Congrats on the win
2 days, 3 hours, and 9 minutes
Thx! RT @6El6CuCuy6: @danhendo congrats on ur win bro!!!
2 days, 3 hours, and 9 minutes
No, sorry--heading out for vacation myself. RT @AnthonyRescan: @danhendo you gonna be in Temecula tomorrow? I'm (cont)
2 days, 2 hours, and 56 minutes
Those are fighting words for @ToddsClever RT @rottwheeler: @danhendo no chance against the Aussie Wallabys
2 days, 2 hours, and 55 minutes
Thx for coming to Chicago, Todd. Great to have u w/ us. I'll be rooting for USA Eagles at Rugby World Cup. RT (cont)
2 days, 2 hours, and 20 minutes
JZ I want u on the main card w/ me next time. Nice job last night. RT @Gesias: @danhendo @tarecfighter (cont)
21 hours and 52 minutes
Lol. RT @SimonLongmore: @danhendo - I love how you hanging out in front of the women's (cont)
21 hours and 51 minutes
My buddy Bobby Pinson wrote it for me. RT @blark9: @danhendo what was your walkout song last night?
21 hours and 48 minutes
Thx, Kurt. Feeling pretty good today. RT @kurtpellegrino: @danhendo your the fucking man FYI
21 hours and 47 minutes
Really proud of @tarecfighter -- was an honor to open & close the TV broadcast w/ him. RT @tarecfighter: (cont)
20 hours and 19 minutes
Got a few stitches tonight--here's the before pic
9 hours and 37 minutes
Heading to Standard Bar & Grill in Wicker Park for a little party
9 hours and 8 minutes
USA, baby!
9 hours and 1 minute
Awesome! RT @mstracylee: hey @clinchgear @danhendo ! heres the line for ur booth
2 hours and 55 minutes
Just finished watching a movie & gonna head to arena now.
2 hours and 24 minutes
Do it! RT @CungLe185: Send your picks on the main @Strikeforce card tonight by 5 pm and the 1st one to match my (cont)
6 minutes
Awesome vid. RT @ClinchGear: New @tarecfighter vid -- check him ouut tonight on @Strikeforce on @SHOsports
3 hours and 42 minutes
Will do. RT @SelaneeHendo: @danhendo wish I could be there. :( kick some Russian ass tonight brother! I'll be watching!
4 hours and 56 minutes
Look for the @ClinchGear tent RT @ClinchGear: @CungLe185 @JoeWarrenMMA @ToddsClever will be signing free 8x10s (cont)
5 hours and 31 minutes
Yes he is--he usually carry him in a Baby Bjorn. RT @CG_Wrestling: 155, stop hating! @ClinchGear_Int: (cont)
17 hours and 24 minutes
Had an awesome dinner at Rosebud Prime w/ my buddy Bobby Pinson, my teammates & the @ClinchGear crew
18 hours and 15 minutes
The tilted kilt. RT @mike951: @danhendo heyy dann are there any viewing parties here in murrieta that u know of? (cont)
22 hours and 2 minutes
Helping load up for the afterparty at Standard Bar & Grill in Wicker Park.
1 day, 1 hour, and 4 minutes
I've got this in the bag if I can just keep my bladder in check for a few more hours
1 day, 2 hours, and 39 minutes
Funny. Nice job.RT @LowKick_MMA: In case you missed it, here's @LowKick_MMA caricature for @danhendo vs. (cont)
1 day, 3 hours, and 39 minutes
Nice, Randy. Looking forward to seeing u. RT @randychase75: Headed to Chicago in the am. Looking forward to (cont)
1 day, 17 hours, and 6 minutes
Thx for having us--awesome restuarant! RT @HarryCarays: It was a pleasure having you here. Good luck Sat! RT (cont)
2 days, 2 hours, and 16 minutes
Just about to get going w/ theress conference
2 days, 4 hours, and 25 minutes
Yes RT @PaigeDMB22: @danhendo do you really have to get to 206 to fight?
2 days, 16 hours, and 44 minutes
Almost there--only a couple pounds to go!
2 days, 17 hours, and 34 minutes
LOL. Enjoy it--prostate exams suck. RT @CungLe185: Hey @danhendo people don't know that 40's is the new 30's! I (cont)
2 days, 20 hours, and 14 minutes
Did a @SHOsports shoot w/ Fedor a few min ago -- check out the face off
3 days and 15 minutes
Doing an interview for @InsideMMAHDNet right now. Check it our Friday!
3 days, 4 hours, and 27 minutes
I like RT @TommyUnited: @danhendo like my computer screen? #MMA
3 days, 7 hours, and 22 minutes
Nie work, Toby. RT @Tobynewell: @danhendo here's a drawing I did of you, good luck Saturday. Really looking (cont)
3 days, 7 hours, and 24 minutes
Having a great Italiian dinner w/ my buddy @BradPenny & few other Tigers. Gotta put on a couple pounds by Fri. Lol.
3 days, 16 hours, and 8 minutes
Likewise, dude. USA Rugby just beat Russia so now it's my turn. RT @ToddsClever: @danhendo I am so pumped for (cont)
3 days, 19 hours, and 41 minutes
For those looking for something to do after the show on Sat...
3 days, 19 hours, and 59 minutes
Наша встреча с замечательным человеком и выдающимся чемпионом Алексеем Немовым
4 days and 42 minutes
Look who I just ran into in the hotel lobby.
4 days, 4 hours, and 4 minutes
Come to the afterparty RT @Bobby_Howard: @danhendo I understand Champ. Good Luck!
4 days, 14 hours, and 15 minutes
Chicago. Lol. Gotta stay low-key & focused. RT @Bobby_Howard: @danhendo Where you guys staying at?
4 days, 14 hours, and 33 minutes
Everyone is invited for sure. My buddy owns the place. RT @DennisMcMillan1: @danhendo Can anyone get in or (cont)
4 days, 14 hours, and 34 minutes
Yeah, @OfficialAJHawk was watching & just texted aaron to say the same thing. RT @YOLYMROLES: @CUNGLE185, (cont)
4 days, 16 hours, and 15 minutes
I have an afterparty at Standard Bar & Grill in Wicker Park. RT @JamelJudeh: @danhendo come to Y bar after you win your match !!
4 days, 17 hours, and 19 minutes
I want to see @CungLe185 fight in @ufc in san jose -- hope @danawhite & @lorenzofertitta can make it happen. (cont)
4 days, 17 hours, and 21 minutes
Nice work Jay. RT @Jay_Glazer: Welcome back officially NFL! Great job by player reps to vote this thing thru overwhelmingly
4 days, 17 hours, and 40 minutes
Just checked into my hotel in Chicago. Had a long day--spent some quality time in airport after missing a flight.
4 days, 17 hours, and 41 minutes
Nice RT @ChrisInKingston: @SHOsports @Strikeforce @MMAodds I'm taking @danhendo +185 to pull out a win over The Last Emperor in Chicago #MMA
5 days, 2 hours, and 53 minutes
Happy birthday, dude. RT @ryan_glaser: @danhendo How about a birthday retweet from the man thats gonna put Fedor into retirement
5 days, 2 hours, and 53 minutes
At airport now en route to Chicago. Check out this clip from the @MMAthletics shoot I did --
5 days, 3 hours, and 23 minutes
I'm big on the inside. RT @mma_best: @danhendo @rshovlowsky big fan dan but u will be too small for fedor
5 days, 13 hours, and 35 minutes
Use the form on my site. RT @rshovlowsky: @danhendo I have been a big fan of yours for a while. How do I go (cont)
5 days, 14 hours, and 17 minutes
Subit him? Lol. Tell him to train hard but don't overtrain, get lots of rest between workouts, healthy diet w/ (cont)
5 days, 15 hours, and 2 minutes
I love it--thanks! RT @PoppaTMH: tomorrow starts @danhendo week! I'll be wearing a Hendo tee every day until the (cont)
5 days, 16 hours, and 6 minutes
It's at -- go to Hendo collection & look for Chicago walkout tee. RT @Y2CASEY: @danhendo (cont)
5 days, 16 hours, and 25 minutes
Standard Bar & Grill in Wicker Park. RT @PartyInChicago2: RT @Jason_Rush @danhendo Hendo, are you having an after party in Chicago?
5 days, 18 hours, and 36 minutes
Thx, dude. RT @ItzSTEVO: I just pre-ordered my @clinchgear @danhendo walkout shirt for this sat night. Can I get a RT
5 days, 18 hours, and 36 minutes
Right on. Looking forward to it. RT @CungLe185: @danhendo @ClinchGear Hey Dan I am so pumped for your fight. Be (cont)
5 days, 19 hours, and 11 minutes
Good luck, dude. RT @7BucketsofBlood: @danhendo @Strikeforce @SHOsports Im fighting tonight Hendo wish me luck.
5 days, 22 hours, and 29 minutes
Nice pic of Cung & Aaron's kid, Oliver RT @ClinchGear: @CungLe185 took a quick pic w/ us before heading home (cont)
6 days, 2 hours, and 2 minutes
Yes RT @leewhiteheadmma: Fedor vs @danhendo is all about sportsmanship, can't wait for it, but will the Russian (cont)
6 days, 4 hours, and 16 minutes
7 days from now, right about this time, I'll be warming up for my @Strikeforce fight w/ Fedor on @SHOsports & I'm pumped for it.
6 days, 18 hours, and 35 minutes
No prob RT @MMAinterviews: @danhendo Hey Dan, can you RT our interview with you? Thanks and best of luck in a week:
6 days, 19 hours, and 16 minutes
Nice RT @CG_Wrestling: Rat pack wrestling club rocking Clinch Gear fully sublimation singlets. Thanks Cliff Fretwell.
6 days, 23 hours, and 33 minutes
Congrats @003_OSP RT @virgilzwicker: I told the world @003_OSP would kill him thanks (cont)
1 week, 16 hours, and 2 minutes
@kennyflorian is a smart man RT @Mikeybear2009: @kennyflorian good job picking @danhendo to beat Fedor @ufc @Strikeforce
1 week, 16 hours, and 15 minutes
6:30 am RT @kevint1313: @danhendo You look like you were ready for a nap during MMA Live....what time did they shoot that interview?
1 week, 16 hours, and 26 minutes
Nice dude. U are both wise & classy. RT @scoopeclectic: @danhendo Shirt ordered...@ClinchGear shorts ordered....I'm ready for anything.
1 week, 17 hours, and 6 minutes
LOL. Tell 'em to call me. RT @OfficialAJHawk: @danhendo There might be a couple angry packer fans if that happened.
1 week, 17 hours, and 7 minutes
Thx for your service. @ClinchGear will prob give at least a pair away next week so be sure to follow them. RT (cont)
1 week, 17 hours, and 12 minutes
Can u vote against the new cba & then change your mind the day after the fight? RT @OfficialAJHawk: (cont)
1 week, 17 hours, and 22 minutes
Dude we went 3-0 on prelims. Still have 3-4 on main card. U gonna be in chicago for my fight? RT (cont)
1 week, 18 hours, and 1 minute
Nice work, boys RT @ClinchGear: Congrats to anthonysmith & @TJCookMMA -- nice wins tonight in vegas @Strikeforce
1 week, 18 hours, and 11 minutes
Does anybody want these 3 @Strikeforce challengers tix? Aaron says undercard was awesome. Main card starts in 30 min.
1 week, 18 hours, and 26 minutes
Maybe. I'll let u know on here if we have extras. Gave a bunch away in columbus. RT @KingBrandon666: @danhendo (cont)
1 week, 19 hours, and 15 minutes
Anyone want 3 free @strikeforce challengers tix for tonight? It's at palms in vegas. Undercard just started.
1 week, 19 hours, and 26 minutes
Thx for the help Jesse. RT @JTMoneyMMA: Last hard day with my boys @danhendo @tarecfighter @TeamQuestMMA before (cont)
1 week, 19 hours, and 55 minutes
Thx, dude! RT @JGendreauJr: @ClinchGear @danhendo the new Kilafornia shorts are f-ing sick! They will be next (cont)
1 week, 23 hours, and 39 minutes
Great time as usual, Jon--thx! RT @Jon_Anik: Getting ready to interview the great @danhendo right now for MMA (cont)
1 week, 23 hours, and 41 minutes
Did MMA Live today w/ my boy @Jon_Anik -- hope u can check it out tonight, cuz I had to get up at 4am to drive to san diego for it.
1 week, 1 day, 2 hours, and 24 minutes
Подготовка к бою с Хендерсоном практически завершена, вскоре мы с командой вылетаем в Чикаго
1 week, 2 days, 10 hours, and 45 minutes
I guess retirement is a ways away for me. RT @TeamQuestMMA: 81 year old Jane @TeamQuestMMA Just finished Quest (cont)
1 week, 2 days, 16 hours, and 47 minutes
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