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Strikeforce’s Three Stars: Tate, Henderson and Saffiedine


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In front of a raucous crowd in suburban Chicago, Strikeforce delivered with another card of exciting fights. Who rose above the rest? Here's are Cagewriter's picks. Tell us yours in the comments or on Facebook.

No. 1 star -- Miesha Tate: Marloes Coenen was beaten at her own game Saturday night, as Tate outgrappled and then tapped out the submission artist with an arm triangle choke to win the Strikeforce women's bantamweight belt. Next, she will get to avenge a loss against Sarah Kaufman.

No. 2 star -- Dan Henderson: The battle of legends didn't fail, as Hendo and Fedor Emelianenko came out swinging, packing every second of their 4:12 bout with action. Henderson's ability to withstand strikes was tested, but with smart wrestling and a mean uppercut, he was able to take the fight.

No. 3 star -- Tarec Saffiedine: It was a good day for Team Quest, Henderson's training camp, as Saffiedine put on a striking clinic against Scott Smith. He battered his face for three rounds to earn the unanimous decision. Next, he is expected to rematch with Tyron Woodley for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt.

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