Feijao, Henderson Greenlit for Strikeforce

By Brian Knapp Mar 4, 2011
Dan Henderson has not won a five-round title fight in more than four years, losing to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Anderson Silva and Jake Shields. Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante wants nothing more than to add his name to the list of those who have vanquished the two-time Olympian when it mattered most.

Cavalcante checked in at 204.5 pounds for his first title defense against Henderson (204.5) in the Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” main event on Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The six other main card participants -- including Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Marloes Coenen (135) and challenger Liz Carmouche (134) -- also met their mandated weight requirements without issue at Friday’s official weigh-in.

Spawned by the Black House camp, Cavalcante will carry a three-fight winning streak into the match. The 30-year-old Brazilian has not competed since he dethroned Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and captured the light heavyweight crown at Strikeforce “Houston” in August. A potent standup fighter, Cavalcante has never gone the distance in 12 professional appearances and has finished five foes inside one round.

Henderson remains the only man in mixed martial arts history to hold major titles in two weight classes simultaneously, having done so under the Pride Fighting Championships banner. The 40-year-old Downey, Calif., native last appeared in December, when he laid waste to Renato “Babalu” Sobral in less than two minutes at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Henderson owns one of the sport’s most impressive resumes, with wins over Brazilian icon Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, former Pride middleweight king Wanderlei Silva, 2006 Pride welterweight grand prix winner Kazuo Misaki, one-time UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort, ex-UFC middleweight titleholder Rich Franklin and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3 winner Michael Bisping. In 34 professional outings, he has never been knocked out.

Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” -- which also features a middleweight duel pitting Tim Kennedy (186) against Melvin Manhoef (185) and a lightweight tilt pairing Jorge Masvidal (155) with the unbeaten Billy Evangelista (155) -- will air on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson”
Saturday, March 5
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, Ohio

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (204.5) vs. Dan Henderson (204.5)

Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Championship
Marloes Coenen (135) vs. Liz Carmouche (134)

Tim Kennedy (186) vs. Melvin Manhoef (185)
Billy Evangelista (155) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155)
Roger Bowling (170) vs. Josh Thornburg (170)
Jorge Gurgel (155) vs. Billy Vaughan (152.5)
Jason Riley (259) vs. Jay Freeman (221.5)
Ian Rammel (180.5) vs. Brian Rogers (184.5)
Marc Cofer (185) vs. Mitch Whitesel (182.5)
John Felty (170.5) vs. John Kuhner (170)
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