MMA News: Dan Henderson Wins Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title


Dan Henderson proved that age is nothing but a number Saturday night as he captured the Strikeforce light heavyweight title by dispatching of Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.”

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship Main Event
Dan “Hendo” Henderson (27-8) KO 3 Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10-3)
Time of KO:  0:50 RD 3

At 40 years old it’s hard not to label Dan Henderson a genetic freak of nature.  The former UFC and Pride champion unleashed his trademark right hand to scatter the senses of Cavalcante in the third round.  However, prior to that it was Cavalcante who was giving Henderson fits with his size and power.  Henderson, was game throughout and despite being rocked hard by Cavalcante in the opening round was able to use his guile and wrestling to keep the pressure on “Feijao.”  Things ended in explosive fashion in the third round as a trademark Henderson right hand put Cavalcante on the canvas face first.  A follow up barrage of ground and pound put Cavalcante out for the night and made Henderson the new Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. 

Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Championship Co-Main Event
Marloes Coenen (19-4) SUB 4 (Triangle) Liz Carmouche (5-1)
Time of Submission:  0:89 RD 4

Given only two short weeks to prepare for the biggest fight of her life, Liz Carmouche gave incumbent champion Marloes Coenen all she could handle over three rounds.  Though lacking the experience and pedigree of Coenen, Carmouche, filling in for the injured Miesha Tate, took the champion into deep waters but was unfortunately unable to keep her there.  Despite some rocky moment while on their feet, Carmouche soon became the aggressor throughout the fight.  By smothering Coenen against the cage, Carmouche was able to repeatedly take Coenen down.  Despite Coenen’s exemplary submission game, Carmouche was able to control the action on the ground, passing guard and bludgeoning Coenen with ground and pound.  However, in light of Carmouche’s unyielding pressure Coenen was able to capitalize on a Carmouche misstep and slapped on a triangle to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. 

Strikeforce Middleweight Fight
Tim Kennedy (13-3) SUB RD 1 (Rear Naked Choke) Melvin Manhoef (24-9-1)
Time of Submission:  3:41 RD 1

Looking to rebound from his championship defeat at the hands of “Jacare,” Kennedy weathered the hard charges of a very dangerous Manhoef to submit the Danish striker in the opening round.  Manhoef came out on fire early on, stuffing a number of Kennedy takedown attempts and peppering him with stinging leg kicks.  However, Kennedy displayed poise and confidence in securing a takedown and deftly taking Manhoef’s back and sinking in the fight ending choke.

Strikeforce Lightweight Fight
Jorge Masvidal (21-6) UD 3 Billy Evangelista (11-1)
Scores:  30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Despite heavy hype, the previously undefeated Evagelista ran into a buzz saw Saturday night in the form of Masvidal.  Using some impressive Muay Thai technique and an underrated ground defense Masvidal was able to counter ever angle of attack Evangelista tried to employ.  It was as dominate a win as Masvidal could have hoped for and while the buzz may have cooled a bit on Evangelista, his valiant effort ensures we will see him in action soon enough. 


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