“Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson” took place Saturday night inside the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. A pair of thrilling title fights headlined Showtime’s broadcast.
Women’s 135-pound champion Marloes Coenen rose from the brink of defeat to unleash an Anderson Silva-esque come-from-behind victory over Liz Carmouche in the night’s co-main event. Coenen was getting mauled by the 3-to-1 underdog until she manged to wrap her lanky legs around the challenger’s neck in the 4thRound to force the triangle choke submission victory.
Dan Henderson captured the light heavyweight crown in the card’s featured contest. After much back and forth action during the first 10 minutes of their championship affair, Henderson came out firing to start the third stanza.
Henderson connected on a vicious right hand that instantly dropped Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante 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.
Speaking of finishes, Strikeforce produced yet another night of spectacular action. It’s becoming old hat for the San Jose, California based promotion, as eight of the 10 fights on Saturday did not involve the three officials sitting cage-side.
The two contests that went to the cards resulted in lopsided unanimous decision verdicts.
John Kuhner Defeated J.P. Felty via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:31 in the 2ndRound
Mitch Whitesel Defeated Marc Cofer Submitted (Guillotine) at 3:55 in the 1stRound
Brian Rogers Defeated Mojo Horne via TKO (Strikes) at 4:23 in the 1stRound
Jason Freeman Defeated Jason Riley via Submission (Strikes) at 1:52 in the 1stRound
Jorge Gurgel Defeated Tyler Combs via Submission (Guillotine) at 0:44 in the 1stRound
Roger Bowling Defeated Josh Thornburg via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)
Jorge Masvidal Defeated Billy Evangelista via Unanimous Decision (30-27, All Three Judges)
Tim Kennedy Defeated Melvin Manhoef via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:41 in the 1stRound
Marloes Coenen Defeated Liz Carmouche via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:29 in the 4thRound (Coenen retains Strikeforce Women’s 135-Pound Title)
Dan Henderson Defeated Rafael “Feijão” Cavalcante via TKO (Strikes) at 0:50 in the 3rdRound (Henderson captures Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title)
“I kind of wanted to be real patient in this fight. 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.”
On his finishing move:
“It’s a punch that I kind of like to do – inside leg kick, overhand right. 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.”
“I just wish I would have finished right away. I have room to improve, and I’m going to do that.”
“Liz was whooping my ass. I really want to make sure [I show] how much I respect her. She will be the champ someday.”
“We’re talking Melvin Manhoef, one of the most decorated strikers in MMA. I’m excited. There’s no hidden gameplan. He’s weak off his back [but] his takedown defense is underrated. He showed he’s ever-improving.”
Kennedy asked for Robbie Lawler if Strikeforce brass didn’t give him a rematch with reigning middleweight champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.