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. 🙂

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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Dan Henderson claims Strikeforce belt with vicious knockout win

By Dann Stupp

COLUMBUS, OhioDan Henderson still has it.

The 40-year-old former PRIDE world champion and UFC tournament winner was wobbled early by Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante but battled back to land his signature right hand and claim Strikeforce‘s light heavyweight title.

The bout served as the main event of Saturday night’s “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson” event, which took place at Nationwide Arena and aired on Showtime.

The win didn’t come easily for Henderson, who was in trouble in the opening frame. After touching Cavalcante on the chin with a stinging right, the Brazilian unleashed his own heavy hands and staggered “Hendo.” But the former Olympic wrestler returned to his roots but dragging “Feijao” to the mat, buying time to regain his with. The veteran move paid major dividends.

In the second, Henderson again relied on his vaunted wrestling skills by working in the clinch, as well as planting Cavalcante on the canvas and grinding away from top position. It wasn’t necessarily aesthetically pleasing, but it changed the momentum of the fight by slowing down Cavalcante, who had been finding some early success on the feet.

In the third, Henderson finally landed his trademark right, or as Showtime broadcaster Mauro Ranallo suggested, unleashed the “H-Bomb.”

With Cavalcante looking to open up on the feet, Henderson landing a shot to the chin that appeared as much grazing blow as direct hit. Nevertheless, the blow sent Cavalcante tumbling to the floor. Henderson immediately pounced with six heavy punches to the temple that sealed the knockout result 50 seconds into the third frame.

Following the win, Henderson said the fight played out exactly as he had hoped.

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Champ Comes Back: Marloes Coenen Submits Liz Carmouche

By Michael David Smith

Marloes Coenen had a comeback worthy of a champion Saturday night, taking a brutal beating before pulling off a fourth-round submission to defeat Liz Carmouche and retain her Strikeforce 135-pound championship belt.

It was no surprise that Coenen won with a submission off her back — that’s her specialty — but it was a surprise that she took so much punishment before she got there: Carmouche was a huge underdog, but she had thoroughly pounded on Coenen in the second and third rounds of the fight, and appeared to be close to pulling off a major upset.

But Coenen, in a move reminiscent of Anderson SIlva‘s comeback victory over Chael Sonnen, used a triangle choke off her back to force Carmouche to tap in the fourth.

“Liz was whipping my ass,” Coenen said. “She will be a future champ some day.”

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Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Hendo – Quick Results

Event: Strikeforce Feijao vs. Henderson
Date: March 5th, 2011
Location: Columbus Convention Center, Columbus Ohio
Event Attendance: 7,123

Main Card
Dan Henderson def. Rafael Cavalcante VIA VICIOUS KO 0:50 Rd3!!!!!!!!!
Marloes Coenen def. Liz Carmouche via Submission (Triangle) 1:29 Rd4
Tim Kennedy def. Melvin Manhoef via Submission (RNC) 3:41 Rd1
Jorge Masvidal def. Billy Evangelista via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)

Prelim Card
Roger Bowling def. Josh Thornburg via Unanimous Decision (30-27×3)
Jorge Gurgel def. Billy Vaughan via Submission (Guillotine) 0:44 Rd1
Jason Freeman def. Jason Riley via Submission (Strikes) 1:52 Rd1
Brian Rogers def. Ian Rammel via TKO (GNP) 4:23 Rd1
Mitch Whitesel def. Marc Cofer via Submission (Guillotine) 3:55 Rd1
John Kuhner def. J.P Felty via Submission (triangle) 4:31 Rd2

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Inside the Arnold Classic with Duane Ludwig and MMA Legend Don Frye


Photo Credit: Duane “Bang” Ludwig
By Duane Finley

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Every year during the first weekend of March, the Arnold Classic comes to Columbus bringing with it nearly 200,000 nutrition and supplement enthusiasts. Over the past few years the sport of mixed martial arts has found a home amongst the madness and with the UFC vacating this year, Strikeforce saw the perfect opportunity to pounce. The San Jose based promotion lined up a double title shot billing with one of the organization’s biggest stars, Dan Henderson, carrying the shoulder load. With that being said it is a weekend jam packed with activities and while Strikeforce will have their time on Saturday night, Friday afternoon is all Arnold.

While I am still one of the newer staff members at Bloody Elbow, occasionally Kid Nate will put me on mobile assignment. Much like my stay in Vegas for UFC 125, Columbus has been action packed with adventure and today I became one of the masses that took to the Columbus Convention Center to take part in the Arnold Classic Expo. By noon the place was packed and the muscle bound and bronzed moved from table to table in search of this year’s newest breakthroughs. Hoping to blend in the best I could I filed into line when amidst the creatine and nitric oxide pump inducers I came to a natural booth that was featuring a glucosamine product. For those unfamiliar with glucosamine it is used to promote lubrication in the joints and prevent inflation. Imagine my surprise when at this natural product stand I ran smack into UFC veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig and MMA pioneer and everybody’s favorite American Don “The Predator” Frye. After a brief exchange of pleasantries the fighters shared their opinions on the spectacle around them.

 

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