What's next for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson winners and losers? - NBC Sports

What's next for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson winners and losers?
Time to look at what's next for Saturday night's combatants.
August 1, 2011, 5:08 pm

The much-anticipated Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson event is in the books, so that means it's time to look ahead at what's next for Saturday night's big winners and losers.

Dan Henderson: a return to the UFC. The Strikeforce light heavyweight division is developing nicely, but at 40 years young, Hendo needs big fights. He'll find those at 185 or 205 in the UFC. His Strikeforce contract has officially expired, so this wouldn't be as complicated as, say, Nick Diaz coming over to the UFC.

Fedor Emelianenko: There's one fight left on his M-1 Global/Strikeforce deal, but I predict the new Strikeforce regime severs ties with "The Last Emperor," allowing him to fight more often overseas. And now that Alistair Overeem is no longer in Strikeforce, what better time than now to make the fight that everybody wanted to see in Strikeforce?

Miesha Tate: The new champ already knows that she will get a chance to avenge her 2009 loss to Sarah Kaufman in the very near future.

Marloes Coenen: Julia Budd. Strikeforce needs to build some stars at 135, so why not give one of their up-and-comers a shot at the former champ?

Tyron Woodley: Kazuo Misaki. Strikeforce recently re-signed the veteran, and while he hasn't fought in the organization since 2009, there aren't many other challenges out there for "T-Wood" right now.

Paul Daley: Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos. Whether or not Santos beats Jordan Mein in September, I'd like to see these two sluggers finally get it on.

Tim Kennedy: Cung Le. Le says he wants to fight in the UFC, but I don't see that happening. Kennedy is looking for a big-name opponent next, and they don't come much bigger in the Strikeforce middleweight division than the former champion, Le.

Robbie Lawler: Benji Radach. A potential loser leaves the organization match that would be fun to watch.

Tarec Saffiedine: Bobby Voelker. Both fighters are coming off big wins. Another option would be Jordan Mein, if he beats Santos.

Scott Smith: Far be it for me to tell a fighter when to hang 'em up, but Smith continues to take way too much punishment in his fights. Either he does call it quits or fights on smaller shows against easier competition.

JZ Cavalcante: Justin Wilcox. Their first fight ended controversially in June, so it would be nice to see "The Silverback" get another shot at the Brazilian. Either that or Josh Thomson, if he beats Maximo Blanco in September.

Bobby Green: Lyle Beerbohm. Both lightweights need to get back on track.



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