Dan Henderson accomplished a few things on Saturday night inside the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The sprightly 40-year-old not only floored Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante to capture the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown, but he also temporarily fended off Father Time and his unblemished record.
“I kind of wanted to be real patient in this fight,” Henderson stated following his latest accomplishment. “Obviously, I would have liked to have knocked him out in the first minute. He’s a tough guy. I wanted to be patient, hopefully win each round, and then catch him in that third, fourth or 5thRound.
“That’s about what happened.”
After much back and forth action during the first 10 minutes of their championship affair, Henderson came out firing to start the third stanza. The veteran connected on a vicious lunging right hand that instantly dropped the Brazilian on his face.
The former PrideFC champ quickly pounced on Feijao and unloaded a few more bombs on the ground before the fight was finally called at the :50 mark.
“It’s a punch that I kind of like to do – inside leg kick, overhand right,” Henderson said of his finishing move. “It’s one that I work on all the time. I threw it, landed it and jumped on top. He started to recover, then I landed a couple good punches on top.”
Henderson had previously promised to put on a show on Showtime, and he certainly followed through on his words. Including Saturday night’s victory, Hendo bumped his record to an impressive 27-8 and added yet another piece of hardware to his overcrowded mantle.