Dan Henderson: “I Plan to Knock Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante Silly”

Written by Tom Ngo
February 24th, 2011

Strikeforce Middleweight Light Heavyweight Dan Henderson

In less than 10 days, Dan Henderson will challenge Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante for his Strikeforce light heavyweight crown inside the Nationwide Arena in Ohio. Of course, you already knew that. However, did you know how Henderson will go about capturing the title from Feijao?

“I think the Columbus fans are really going to enjoy this,” Henderson vaguely said during Wednesday’s conference call. “This definitely keeps me excited about still being able to compete in this sport and challenging myself in what is going to be a very tough opponent.”

Enough with the PC mumbo jumbo, Hendo. What exactly do you intend to do to the Brazilian?

“I don’t think it’s a big secret both of us are going to be looking for the knockout,” Henderson stated. “We’re both big finishers and most of our finishes have been by strikes. I definitely plan to knock him silly and pressure him the whole time.”

The 40-year-old executed a similar strategy to near perfection the last time he took center stage. Henderson bumped his record to 26-8 after bludgeoning Renato “Babalu” Sobral into unconsciousness this past December.

March 5th marks Henderson’s third start for Strikeforce, with two of them being of the championship variety. While the San Jose, California-based promotion appears adamant over the legend donning a belt, Henderson’s been around the block and back and understands it’s far too soon to start thinking about sporting any new jewelry.

“It’s like icing on the cake, but you have to get the job done,” he said of hoisting the hardware. “There’s no point in worrying about that now.”

Showtime will broadcast “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson” at 10PM ET/PT.

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