Rundown of Strikeforce ‘Feijao vs. Henderson’ post-fight news, notes and quotes…
— 7,123 fans filed into the Nationwide Arena for Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” last night. Live gate figures have not been announced yet.
— Dan Henderson proved last night that he still has it at the tender age of 40. It’s his age, he says, that makes this title win so meaningful.
“It’s been a while since I won a new belt, and this one definitely probably means the most to me because I’m 40 years old, and inside, I felt like I could still compete with the top guys. That’s something I needed to prove to myself tonight. And I think I accomplished that for myself and hopefully the fans too.”
Hendo was clearly the smaller man in the cage last night. He wrestled with Feijao in the clinch on several occasions and despite the strength disadvantage he was still able to control Feijao there and get a few takedowns. Hendo credited that success to his superior technique.
“Throughout most of my wrestling career … and my MMA career, I had the belief it’s mostly about positioning and technique, and that kind of saves a lot of strength and energy. If you’re in the right position, you won’t need as much as strength. That may have been the case tonight. I’m not saying I’m weak or anything. I don’t feel weak against real big and strong guys because of that reason, I think. Mentally, I’ve never felt weak or outmatched in any weight class.”
Hendo doesn’t want to waste any time getting back in the cage. He hopes to return to action by June or July, and isn’t ruling out fighting in the middleweight division again.
—Marloes Coenen pulled off the biggest come from behind victory in Strikeforce history last night against short notice challenger Liz Carmouche. Both fighters turned in gutsy performances and Carmouche’s dominance in the second and third rounds didn’t go unnoticed by the women’s welterweight champ.
“Liz is very, very talented, and she will be a champion someday.”
With her first title defense behind her, Coenen now has her sights set on her original opponent, Miesha Tate.
“I hope she sleeps good tonight,” Coenen said with a smirk. “(Strikeforce CEO) Scott (Coker) decides eventually, but she’s on my list.”
Coenen also wants to avenge her loss to Cris Cyborg.
— While Melvin Manhoef certainly has the explosive potential to end anyone’s night in a split second, Tim Kennedy was able to pull off the predictable first-round submission victory. At the post-fight press conference, Kennedy made it clear that’s he not going on any vacations. He wants to fight and he wants to fight now. He says he only has a limited window before it’s time to return to his “most important job.”
“I’m a fighter. If I’m not overseas, I want to fight. If I’m not in uniform, I want to fight. Let’s make this absolutely, totally crystal clear. Where’s everyone else from Strikeforce? ‘I like fighting if I’m not overseas.’ I feel like I’m wasting my time if I’m not in the cage because I’m a sniper, I’m a Ranger, and I’m a Green Beret. I’ve been to every cool-guy school that (U.S.) Special Forces has. I’m completely wasting my life away if I’m not taking an opportunity to be in a cage. If I’m not in the cage, I’m going to go back to Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s just how it’s going to work.”
“I have an idea for how long I’m going to fight for. I’m going to have a substantial amount of time that I’m going to want to give to being a Green Beret. I’ll finish my career in the military, so as soon as I’m done (fighting), I’m going to get back out there. My timeline for me is very clear. I’ve expressed that to my chain in command. I’m going to fight for a little while, and as soon as I’m done fighting, I’m going to be right back there doing the most important job.”
Kennedy wants to make the most of his time in the cage, fighting the best possible opponents. Robbie Lawler and Cung Le were the two he mentioned by name.
—Jorge Gurgel says he’s very happy with Strikeforce. Says they have treated him better than any other organization he has fought for, but he does have one tiny complaint. He doesn’t want to fight on the unaired prelims and actually found it “insulting.”
Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime. Check out Esther’s Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” photo gallery here.