Showtime Sports’ Fedor vs. Henderson Video Recap

August 1, 2011
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The official Showtime Sports recap of the July 30 Strikeforce & M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson event. Relive all of the excitement of headliners Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson. Plus, recaps of Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine, Paul Daley vs.Tyron Woodley, Robbie Lawler vs. Tim Kennedy, and Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate.

  • madona

    Early stoppage. You can tell by watching Fedor’s wrists which were still rolling to change positions, which he did before the ref jumped in. Herb Dean did a bad job in this fight.

  • MuayThaiFood

    From what I could see in this clip I would agree with you. I would like to see some more angles and replays but it looked like he was conscious and trying to defend when Dean stopped it.

  • gnodeb

    I see Fedor flat on floor for split of second. That is the moment when Herb decided to stop the fight. Then Fedor woke up and turn on his back, but Hendo was throwing bombs all the time. He would not stop if Herb didn’t jump in.

    Stoppage was perfect.

  • afk

    I really don’t understand where the confusion comes in, Fedor fan or not.

    The whole concept behind a referee being able to stop the fight in MMA is to save the fighter from unnecessary damage. If you take your emotion out of the situation, here is what happened:

    Fedor goes limp. 0.5 seconds later Herb makes the decision to stop the fight and moves forward. Even if Fedor came to 1 second after going unconscious the referee is already taking action to stop the fight.

    2 seconds inside of the octagon is the same as 2 seconds anywhere and referees don’t have stop motion eyes that can re-watch an instant over and over again until they’re confident in a decision. Herb Dean made his decision when Fedor’s stomach hit the canvas and stood by his decision. If he hadn’t and we had another Matt Brown/Pete Sell fight everybody would be singing a completely different tune.

    It’s said often but I’ll say it again. Refereeing is one of the most difficult and thankless jobs in sports.

  • Unador

    Fedor got knocked out. Plain and Simple.
    Fedor lost consciousnes, he went limp, completely limp. Even if only for a split second.
    Props to Herb dean for jumping in so fast.
    Fedor was out of position, over extended, lack of experience, or just not a good fighter, whatever.
    Dan was about to pummel Fedor into ‘he’ll never be able to fight again’ but Herb saved him from that. Now atleast Fedor has the choice to continue or leave.
    Getting beat by Dan isn’t shameful. Fedor can be proud of his performance, he really took it to Dan, and nearly had him. But I think Fedor’s history of running through people prevented him from evolving and learning some of the finer points of fighting through experience.
    You wouldn’t expect to see Dan go from a dominate standing position droping bombs on his opponent to nearly giving up his back to a guy on the ground and getting his lights put out by a rear uppercut.
    But that’s what happened to Fedor.
    Perhaps all of Fedor’s critics were right?
    But I like the guy, he’s game, guts galore. He didn’t look scared or broken like Housten Alexander did after 2 losses, nor did he shy away from his opponent like Alexander did against Kimbo. Alexander looked like a huge coward.
    Nothing cowardly about Fedor. Just lacks some refinement in some of the subtle skills of a mma fighter.
    I’d like to see Fedor at 205 and engage in some better mma training for 12 months and see what he can do from 35 to 40. He seems relatively injury free.