Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson Fighter Salaries

Televised Bouts
Dan Henderson, $250,000 (no win bonus) = def. Rafael “Feijao” Calvacante, $28,000
Marloes Coenen, $10,000 (no win bonus) = def. Liz Carmouche, $5,000
Tim Kennedy, $50,000 (no win bonus) = def. Melvin Manhoef, $10,000
Jorge Masvidal, $15,000 + $15,000 (win bonus) = $30,000 def. Billy Evangelista, $20,000

Undercard Bouts
Roger Bowling, $3,500 + $3,500 (win bonus) = $7,000 def. Josh Thornburg, $2,000
Jorge Gurgel, $4,000 + $4,000 (win bonus) = $8,000 def. Billy Vaughan, $1,500
Jason Freeman, $1,500 + $1,500 (win bonus) = $3,000 def. Jason Riley, $1,500
Brian Rogers, $1,500 + $1,500 (win bonus) = $3,000 def. Ian Rammel, $1,500
Mitch Whitesel, $1,500 + $1,500 (win bonus) = $3,000 def. Marc Cofer, $1,500
John Kuhner, $1,500 + $1,500 (win bonus) = $3,000 def. JP Felty, $1,500

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Admin Note: No wonder Dan wants to fight two more times this year. A cool quarter of a million per fight would make me want to fight again also. He made more than the entire rest of the fight card combined. Good stuff for Hendo. 🙂

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Wrestler Claims Racial Profiling After Jaywalking Arrest

By TMZ

Shad Gaspard was arrested yesterday in Columbus, OH after what his wife claims was a jaywalking incident that turned into a case of racial profiling.

Shad’s wife Siliana tells TMZ her husband did not resist when a cop tried to bust him for jaywalking as he made his way to the Arnold Fitness EXPO. She says Shad got into a kneeling position to show he was not resisting … but the cops shoved his face into the dirt anyway.

Siliana tells us Shad told her he felt like he was “being profiled” and “treated like a n****r.”

Former UFC champ Josh Barnett, who was with Gaspard at the time, seemed to back up Shad’s version of events on his Twitter page, posting last night, “Shad Gaspard arrested because a Columbus officer abuses his authority. False jaywalking charge + attitude turns to handcuffs and tackling.”

According to law enforcement, Gaspard — who as part of the tag team Cryme Tyme once held the tag team title — was arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Calls to the Columbus PD were not returned.

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UPDATE: Josh had this to say tonight about this on twitter: “I was there and it was total BS, abuse of authority and EGO driven.”

10 Questions Heading into Diaz vs Daley & Heavyweight Grand Prix

By Trent Reinsmith

Strikeforce Columbus: Feijao vs Henderson is in the books and it is now time to start looking forward toward the next two Strikeforce events.

Strikeforce had originally planned on presenting the second round of quarterfinal bouts for their World Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament on April 9th, but those fights have been pushed back until June 8th.

Strikeforce will still present a fight card on April 9th. The promotion will head to San Diego, California on that date and present an event that will feature two Srikeforce title fights as welterweight champion Nick Diaz takes on Paul Daley and lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez meets Tatsuya Kawajiri.

The Grand Prix event on June 8th will be held in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Arena and will feature the second set of quarterfinal bouts in the World Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament, Alistair Overeem versus Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers versus Josh Barnett.

What follow are ten questions heading into those two Strikeforce events.

 

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The Year Of The Babyfaced Assassin Is Upon Us!

By Josh Barnett

My next fight: Strikeforce! Dallas Texas June 18th. American Airlines Arena vs. Brett Rodgers. Live on Showtime as well.

 

RIP Rogers. 🙂

Shinya Aoki vs Lyle Beerbohm Strikeforce April 9th

By MMA Japan

Mark your calendar – the Baka Survivor Shinya Aoki will be facing Lyle Beerbhom on the April 9th Strikeforce event. This comes from the man himself, Mr. Aoki. This should be a very exciting matchup as both have won by way of submission many times. Beerbohm is coming off of his loss to Pat Healy at the last Strikeforce Challengers event, while Aoki is coming off of a loss (if you want to call it that) to Jienotsu.

Contract signed, i’s dotted, t’s crossed. Add it to the calendar.

 

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Strikeforce Should Consider Henderson vs. Emelianenko Superfight

By Mike Chiappetta

They are two of the greatest fighters of all time, and they fight under the same promotional banner, yet we rarely hear the names of Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko paired together for a potential superfight. Well, I’m here to start the push. Henderson vs. Emelianenko is a fight Strikeforce should seriously consider as the next one for the legends of the sport.

On Saturday night, Henderson won yet another piece of hardware to add to an already impressive collection. After knocking out Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, the 40-year-old now boasts the promotion’s light-heavyweight championship. Aside from that, he’s held PRIDE 183- and 205-pound titles, the PRIDE 2005 welterweight Grand Prix crown, the RINGS King of Kings tournament championship back in 1999, the UFC middleweight tournament championship in 1998, and of course, he was a two-time U.S. wrestling Olympian.

He’s won both tournament and championship titles in three different decades, a testament to the longevity of one of the most decorated American fighters of all time, who has amazingly been considered among the pound-for-pound best in the sport for over a decade, ever since beating heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Renato Sobral in one night to capture the RINGS tourney.

Through the years, Henderson has continued his laissez faire approach to weight divisions, fighting wherever it made the most sense rather than sticking to one place. As he explained after beating Cavalcante last night, he’s never been especially worried about facing bigger guys.

 

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Henderson Plans Quick Return, Vows Successful Title Defense

By Mike Whitman

It only took one punch. Then again, when Dan Henderson is throwing, it usually only takes one punch.

The former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder found a home for his infamous overhand right and lifted Strikeforce’s light heavyweight championship from Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in the main event of Saturday’s show at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

“I was excited for the fight and the chance to fight someone like ‘Feijao,’” the new champion told Sherdog.com following his title win. “I felt like the belt was just the cherry on top, and I love cherries.”

Though Henderson came out on top, the UFC veteran was forced to weather an early storm from Cavalcante. In the opening round, the Brazilian clipped “Hendo” with a straight right hand that sent the American reeling.

“I don’t know [how hurt I was]. Whether I’m hurt or not, I can never remember what I do to set things up half the time,” said Henderson. “He definitely knocked me down, but I felt like I had my wits about me the whole time. Luckily, I recovered fast, and he didn’t land any more shots.”

 

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