I hate to admit it but Strikeforce is seemingly going out with a whimper ever since Zuffa bought them out. Case in point, Fedor their biggest star lost two in a row, their two biggest stars in the female division Cris Cyborg Santos and Gina Carano don’t look like they are going to fight for them anything soon, Nick Diaz, Mayhem Miller and maybe Cung Le are now with the UFC and Overeem was just dropped from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix which is like the only good thing going for them. The biggest star left in the Grand Prix I guess is Josh Barnett. Anyways it is not all bad news and Strikeforce is giving the fans some of their dream matchups starting with Fedor vs Dan Henderson, which the loser could be fired.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Dan Henderson
Dan Henderson by Knockout in the Second
I am really torn in this fight. As much as I am Fedor fan, I am also a big Dan Henderson fan. Fedor is an all time great but he lost pretty decisively his last two fights so who know what frame of mind he would be in and if he is going to be motivated or not. Dan Henderson has that very dangerous right overhand which has given a couple of stunning knockouts throughout his MMA career. The fact is Fedor has to be 100% maybe more because Dan Henderson is a very dangerous fighter. I think his best bet is to take the fight to the ground and hope to submit Henderson. But if he loses this fight, I am almost sure he will retire (if he isn’t released by Dana White) since he seem so close retiring in his last loss.
Marloes Coenen vs Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate by Judges’ Decision
This may be the last high profile women’s MMA fight for awhile if you can even call this high profile. Miesha Tate seems to have made enemies with basically every women MMA fighter out there. She said her striking improve but her strength would definitely but her wrestling and from Coenen last fight that seems to be her biggest weakness. Coenen is a savvy vetern so she very well can pull off another stunning come from behind submission but I see Tate control most of this fight for the judges’ decision. But is Miesha Tate going to suffer any ill effects from ring rust as she hasn’t fought for quite some time?
Robbie Lawler vs Tim Kennedy
Tim Kennedy by Submission in the Third
Robbie Lawler is somewhat of a gatekeeper for Strikeforce and Tim Kennedy is like Strikeforce’s Brian Stann and one of the fighters they hope becomes a star so this matchup makes sense I guess. Kennedy is a good wrestler had has a bunch of submission wins and I foresee Lawler becoming another of his victims. Still Lawler has serious one punch knockout with a couple of come from behind wins so Kennedy has to be always on the lookout.
Paul Daley vs Tyron Woodley
Paul Daley by Knockout in the First
Paul Daley maybe a bit one dimensional but he is a huge step up for Tyron Woodley. But I guess between this fight and the Scott Smith vs Tarec Saffiedine fight it would determine the pecking order and ultimately the champion of the very weak Welterweight division now that Nick Diaz is gone. Daley weakness is wrestlers and Woodley is a great wrestler but not the level of Josh Koscheck and I am certain Daley is working on his sprawls. If Woodley can’t take him down, it is going to be a short fight. Daley has heavy, heavy hands.
Scott Smith vs Tarec Saffiedine
Tarec Saffiedine by Judges’ Decision
Both Smith and Saffiedine come into fight, looking to stay relevant. Scott Smith lost his last two and Saffiedine has flown mostly under the radar and he lost to Strikeforce most promising Welterweight prospect Woodley in his last time around. I don’t know too much about Saffiedine’s game but I am not too high on Scott Smith. The only fights I remember of Scott Smith are the ones where he gets viciously knocked out. He did win once against Cung Le but Cung Le gassed himself out in that fight and he didn’t make the same mistake in the rematch. So I am going with Tarec Saffiedine but I wouldn’t be too surprised if Scott Smith takes it. As I said, both fighters need to make a statement in this fight.