Kicking off the action is a welterweight division clash as Tarec â€œSpongeâ€ Saffiedine (10-3-0) squares off against Scott â€œHands Of Steelâ€ Smith (17-8-0). Tarec Saffiedine has won two of three in Strikeforce competition, having his lone loss come to Tyron Woodley. Scott Smith has lost two in a row heading into this fight, with his last loss being a welterweight title eliminator against Paul Daley. This fight should be nothing short of a slugfest, but it will be Tarec Saffiedine getting the biggest win of his career.
Another pair of welterweights will be clashing next as Paul â€œSemtexâ€ Daley (27-10-2) goes into battle against Tyron â€œT-Woodâ€ Woodley (8-0-0). Paul Daley is coming off of a loss to Nick Diaz, which was a fight for the Strikeforce Welterweight Title. Tyron Woodley is undefeated in Strikeforce competition, with notable wins over Tarec Saffiedine and Andre Galvao. This is going to be a classic striker versus grappler encounter and it will be the grappler is Tyron Woodley getting the win.
A middleweight division clash is set to occur next as Tim Kennedy (13-3-0) clashes with â€œRuthlessâ€ Robbie Lawler (18-7-0). Tim Kennedy has won four of five in Strikeforce competition, most recently defeating Melvin Manhoef. Robbie Lawler is coming off of a loss to current Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza in his title opportunity. This fight is just like the last fight previewed and the grappler in Tim Kennedy will achieve victory in this one.
The co-main event is for the Strikeforce Womenâ€™s Welterweight Title as champion Marloes â€œRuminaâ€ Coenen (19-4-0) defends against Miesha â€œTakedownâ€ Tate (11-2-0). Marloes Coenen has only defended her title once thus far, defeating Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. Miesha Tate earned her title shot by winning a one night tournament with victories over Maiju Kujala and Hitomi Akano. This fight has been building as quite the rivalry as of late, but I see a new champion in Miesha Tate being crowned on Saturday Night.
The main event is a heavyweight division clash as â€œThe Last Emperorâ€ Emelianenko (31-3-0) faces Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan â€œHendoâ€ Henderson (27-8-0). Fedor Emelianenko enters the fight after being knocked out of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix by Antonio Silva. Dan Henderson won the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title by defeating Rafael Cavalcante this past March. This fight is truly a battle of two MMA legends, but it will be Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson getting the victory.
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