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Henderson scores TKO of Emeilanenko

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  • Fedor Emelianenko, of Russia, left, tries to hit Dan Henderson, right, during their fight at Sears Centre Saturday night. Henderson won by TKO in the first round.

      Fedor Emelianenko, of Russia, left, tries to hit Dan Henderson, right, during their fight at Sears Centre Saturday night. Henderson won by TKO in the first round.
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Dan Henderson stopped Fedor Emelianenko in a Strikeforce M-1 Global heavyweight bout Saturday night.

After 28 consecutive victories and nearly a decade of perfection, Emelianenko suffered his third straight defeat, putting his career in question. He wouldn't commit to a future fight with Strikeforce.

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"I can't really say right now. That is something I need to sit down and talk with my manager and my team and see what kind of opportunities and offers are out there," said Emelianenko through a translator.

Both fighters came out swinging at the bell, but the pace quickly slowed. With under a minute left, Fedor knocked Henderson down.

Henderson (31-4-1), the current light heavyweight champion, quickly recovered and turned Emelianenko over and pounded him with a body blow then with a flurry of right upper cuts to Fedor's head before referee Herb Dean stopped the fight at 4:12.

"He knocked me down. I was aware the whole time, then I was just working to get on a single leg and I think I knocked him off balance, pulled him over the top of me, took his back and saw an opening for a nice upper cut when he was on his hands and knees and just dropped him. I didn't think he was expecting that at that time," said Henderson.

Emelianenko thought Dean called it too soon.

"It seems to me, yes. I was ready to continue fighting," said Emelianenko.

Emelianenko (28-8) is 1-2 since joining Strikeforce and doesn't know if a rematch with Henderson is possible.

"Dan is a wonderful fighter. I have always followed his career and he is a great fighter, but in there I felt I could go toe to toe with him and win the fight. With regard to a rematch, we will see, but it seems like a lot of potential rematches built up in the last few fights," Emelianenko said.

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