Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson

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Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson
A poster or logo for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.
Promotion Strikeforce
Date July 30, 2011
Venue Sears Centre
City Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Attendance 8,311
Event chronology
Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov

Strikeforce/M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson was a mixed martial arts event held by Strikeforce in association with M-1 Global. It took place on July 30, 2011 at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.[1]


A planned bout between Rafael Cavalcante and Ovince St. Preux at this event was later scrapped from the card[2]

Evangelista Santos was originally scheduled to fight Tarec Saffiedine at this event.[3] However, Saffiedine was pulled from the bout and replaced by Paul Daley.[4] Soon afterwards, Santos was forced out of the bout with Daley due to a shoulder injury.[5] Undefeated welterweight Tyron Woodley stepped in to replace Santos against Daley.[6] Meanwhile, Saffiedine was moved to a bout with Scott Smith at this event.[7]

Roger Gracie was originally scheduled to face Muhammed Lawal at the event.[8] However, the bout was rescheduled for Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov that September after Gracie suffered a training injury.[9] Lawal won the rescheduled bout by first round KO.

Ronda Rousey and Sarah D'Alelio were originally scheduled to fight on this card,[10] but their bout was later moved to Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte.

Lyle Beerbohm was originally scheduled to face Gesias Cavalcante, but was replaced by Bobby Green on July 19, 2011.[11]

The bout between Marloes Coenen and Miesha Tate was originally scheduled to be for the Women's Welterweight belt, but it was renamed to a Women's Bantamweight Championship bout by Zuffa to achieve consistency with the weight class names in the promotion. [12]

With Fedor Emelianenko's departure from Strikeforce following this event, this was the last Strikeforce event to be co-promoted by his promotional team M-1 Global.

This was the last Strikeforce event featuring Gus Johnson on lead commentary. Strikeforce Challengers color commentator Pat Miletich replaced him on the promotion's main broadcast team at subsequent events, with Mauro Ranallo shifting to full play-by-play duties.[13]


Preliminary card[edit]

  • Heavyweight bout: Bryan Humes vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones
Salinas-Jones defeated Humes via submission (D'arce choke) at 1:19 of round 3.
Stinson defeated Pamplona via KO (punch) at 0:15 of round 1.
Davis defeated Kedzie via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28).
Brunson defeated Sayers via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:33 of round 1.
Cavalcante defeated Green via split decision (29–28, 29–28, 28–29).

Main card (Showtime)[edit]

Saffiedine defeated Smith via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–26).
Kennedy defeated Lawler via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).
Woodley defeated Daley via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
Tate defeated Coenen via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:03 of round 4 to become the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.
Henderson defeated Emelianenko via KO (punches) at 4:12 of round 1.