|Coker awarding Tate with her belt|
Miesha Tate is the New Strikeforce 135lbs Champ, after submitting Marloes Coenen in the 4th round of their 5 round championship fight. Tate dominated most of the fight by taking Coenen down and and out wrestling her. She wasn't dominate the entire time though. The former champ Coenen had a couple of submission attempts with one almost finishing Tate at one point, but to no avail. At the point of Coenen tapping out, Tate was up 2 rounds to 1 and she was about to win round 4. Tate will now try to avenge a loss she suffered to Sarah Kaufman when the two fight for the belt sometime in the future.
Last nights championship fight was a testament to how exciting women's MMA is and what an important component to the sport it is.It is very rare to see a female MMA fight get booed for inactivity. The women are in it to win it from the opening bell. You won't find the ladies fighting not to lose a fight. The reason for this is because they have everything to prove and everything to lose all at the same time. There are so many people who don't want the WMMA to move forward because they don't like to watch women get beat up or they believe there isn't enough depth in women's MMA to create more divisions and put them in the big show: the UFC. This is a ridiculous notion. Anyone who thinks there isn't enough depth hasn't really seen the talent out there. They are only seeing what Strikeforce and Bellator are putting out there. Granted, they are having female fights, which is awesome but, they could be putting on so much more. Why are they stifling the women fighters and suppressing the huge amount of talent that are fighting every weekend all over the world.
Many of the women's match ups win "Fight of the Night" awards from promotions constantly and unless you seek out more WMMA then what you see on Strikeforce or Bellator you will never understand exactly how abundant the amount of talent the WMMA has to offer. In my opinion the Coenen/Tate fight was the main event of the evening and that is why I have led this article off with the ladies fight analysis.
Dan Henderson walked out the cage with a TKO win over Fedor Emelianenko. The two came out swinging in their 220lbs catch weight "Superfight" Both men reigned blow after blow on each other, but the turning point came when, Fedor rocked the Strikeforce light heavyweight champ, Henderson. Hendo quickly recovered when Fedor failed to capitalize on the opportunity to finish. Hendo returned the favor by rocking Fedor so hard he fell face forward to the canvas. Fedor only recovered enough to roll over, but not enough to defend himself properly aginst Hendersons strike attack.
The Ref stepped in and called the fight. Some MMA fans think the fight was stopped early. I personally don't think it was. Fedor didn't seem to have his entire wits about him when he rolled over to face Hendo from the ground. I have to wonder if there are some hardcore Fedor fans that are having a hard time watching their hero losing his third straight fight. I don't mean to offend in the least, it isn't fun for me to see Fedor go down this way either. I'm not a big Fedor fan, but I understand and respect him for the greatness that is Fedor. He has had an illustrious career and deserves to be ranked amongst the legends of the sport.
Even legends fall. Look at Chuck Liddel, he was on top in the UFC for so long and BAM! He couldn't recapture the magic that brought him to the forefront in MMA and he was forced to retire. Just as fast as you rise to the top of the mountain in MMA you can slide back down. Hopefully whether he retires or not, people will remember him for his amazing wins that made him one of the most recognizable names in the sport and not for his past 3 fights.
Paul Daley and Tyron Woodley ended in a decision win for Woodley who remains unbeaten and continues to move up the ranks in the Strikeforce welterweight division. Woodly stifled Daley with his wrestling and he shut Daley out all three rounds.
Tim Kennedy got a decsion victory over Robbie Lawler in middleweight action. Lawler didn't seem like he could find his rhythm and Kennedy capitalized on this and dominated Lawler most of the fight.
Tarec Saffiedine made the veteran Scott Smith look like a rookie when, he impressed the judges and the crowd with his amazing fighting ability. He is a fighter to keep an eye on for the future.
Full Results from last nights action
Dan Henderson def. Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:12
Miesha Tate def. Marloes Coenen (c) via submission (arm triangle) – Round 4, 3:03
Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship
Tim Kennedy def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tyron Woodley def. Paul Daley via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tarec Saffiedine def. Scott Smith via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante def. Bobby Green via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Tyler Stinson def. Eduardo Pamplona via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:15
Alexis Davis def. Julie Kedzie via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Derek Brunson def. Lumumba Sayers via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 4:33
Gabriel Salinas-Jones def. Bryan Humes via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 3, 1:19
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