Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” took place earlier this evening at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
In the night’s main event, Dan Henderson challenged Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante for his Strikeforce light heavyweight title.
In the co-main event, Marloes Coenen put her women’s welterweight title on the line against Liz Carmouche.
Tim Kennedy squared off against hard-hitting Melvin Manhoef in a middleweight bout.
Jorge Masvidal returned to Strikeforce to take on Billy Evangelista.
Results and thoughts after the jump. Live chat below in the comments.
- Dan Henderson defeats Rafael Cavalcante via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Marloes Coenen defeats Liz Carmouche via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Four
- Tim Kennedy defeats Melvin Manhoef via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Jorge Masvidal defeats Billy Evangelista via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Roger Bowling defeats Josh Thornburg via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jorge Gurgel defeats Billy Vaughan via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Jason Freeman defeats Jason Riley via Submission (Strikes) in Round One
- Brian Rogers defeats Ian Rammel via TKO (strikes) in Round One
- Mitch Whitesel defeats Marc Cofer via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- John Kuhner defeats J.P. Felty via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Two
Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Masvidal: Jorge Masvidal put on a solid performance in his return to Strikeforce. He basically outclassed Billy Evangelista for three rounds. Masvidal picked him apart on the feet, avoided most of Evangelista strikes and won the brief grappling battles. Masvidal made it look it easy, but it would have been nice if he put in a little more energy into trying to finish.
Tim Kennedy vs. Melvin Manhoef: Melvin Manhoef knew exactly what Tim Kennedy’s gameplan was tonight and he still couldn’t stop it. Manhoef was concerned about the takedown from the very beginning of the fight and actually stuffed several of Kennedy’s early shots. Melvin landed a nasty leg kick that nearly knocked Kennedy off his feet shortly thereafter, but he didn’t stay upright long enough to land anything more damaging. Moments later, Kennedy shot in again and finally got the takedown he was looking for. It was all elementary from there for Kennedy. He quickly transitioned to mount, then took Manhoef’s back, loosened him with punches and sunk in the rear-naked choke for the win.
Marloes Coenen vs. Liz Carmouche: Liz Carmouche stepped in on two weeks notice and nearly pulled off the upset against Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Marloes Coenen. The first round was fairly even, but Carmouche turned it on in the second and third rounds. Carmouche took her down in both rounds, made her way to mount and peppered Coenen with punches for several minutes. Entering the fourth, it was clear Coenen needed to do something dramatic to turn the fight around and that’s exactly what she did. Carmouche shot in with a nice double leg (from her back no less) looking to get Coenen back down, but Coenen made her pay for it by locking in a really slick triangle from her back to pull off the come from behind victory.
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson: It took him three rounds, but Dan Henderson finally caught Rafael Feijao with his infamous right hand. It was a pretty close fight through the first two. Feijao scored the first big blow in the first round when he caught Hendo with a big shot of his own. It stunned him, but Hendo was coherent enough to scramble and shoot for the takedown as Feijao came in for the kill. The second round saw a lot of clinching, and despite being the smaller man, Hendo was able to use his Olympic level Greco Roman wrestling background to outwork Feijao in the clinch and get a couple takedowns. Hendo had been looking to land his right hand the whole fight, but the big shot didn’t come till round three when Hendo caught him with a big right down the middle. It wasn’t like the Bisping knockout — he only seemed to graze him — but it was enough to flip Feijao around and face plant him. Feijao wasn’t completely out at that point, but he was seconds later when Hendo jumped on his back and finished him off to win the Strikeforce light heavyweight title.