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: 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

Event Extras:
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Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Hendo – Weigh-in Results

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

Main Card
Dan Henderson (204.5lb) vs. Rafael Cavalcante (204.5lb)
Marloes Coenen (135lb) vs. Liz Carmouche (134lb)
Melvin Manhoef (185lb) vs. Tim Kennedy (186lb)
Jorge Masvidal (155lb) vs. Billy Evangelista (155lb)

Prelim Card
Roger Bowling (170lb) vs. Josh Thornburg (170lb)
Billy Vaughn (152.5lb) vs. Jorge Gurgel (155lb)
Jason Freeman (221.5lb) vs. Jason Riley (259lb)
Ian Rammel (180.5lb) vs. Brian Rogers (184.5)
Marc Cofer (185lb) vs. Mitch Whitesel (182.5lb)
J.P Felty (170.5lb) vs. John Kuhner (170lb)

Hendo vs Feijao – LHW Championship

Liz Carmouche vs Marloes Coenen – WW Championship

Note: Click images to enlarge.

Strikeforce event big deal for area MMA fighters

By Dann Stupp

COLUMBUS — Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson” event at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena features a championship doubleheader that could draw nearly one million Showtime viewers.

But the event, which marks the organization’s Ohio debut, has bigger stakes for nearly a dozen area fighters who compete on the untelevised preliminary card.

They include West Chester Twp. gym owner Jorge Gurgel and Cincinnati prospect Roger Bowling, both of whom previously have competed for Strikeforce. But there also are fighters such as fast-rising Brian Rogers.

Rogers (6-2) meets Ian Rammel (4-2), who is a late replacement for injured Miamisburg middleweight Tyler Combs (14-5). For the special-education teacher and former Walsh University linebacker, it’s undoubtedly Rogers’ most important fight to date.

“I was just looking for a step up and an opportunity,” Rogers said.

So when he heard Strikeforce was coming to town, the Kent native did what any competent self-promoter would do.

“I Googled their matchmaker, and I launched a Twitter assault,” he said with a laugh. “I started sending him fight videos and stories (about me), and I told fans to hit him up.”


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Jorge Gurgel weds long-time girlfriend Zoila Frausto

By Brandhan Conlan

The world of Mixed Martial Arts welcomed its newest power couple over the weekend as Strikeforce lightweight Jorge Gurgel and Bellator 115-pound champ Zoila Frausto tied the knot yesterday in a private ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Frausto-Gurgel join the ranks of notable wed fighters including Brandon/Kerry Vera and, of course, Evangelista/Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.

Gurgel revealed news of the blessed occasion through his Facebook page.


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Strikeforce builds momentum for Ohio debut

By Dann Stupp

The world’s second-largest mixed-martial-arts promotion soon will make its Ohio debut and interest in the organization arguably never has been better.

Strikeforce will host a Showtime-televised event on March 5 at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena. Light-heavyweight champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10-2) takes on Dan Henderson (26-8) in the headliner, and many Ohio fighters, including UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel, are being booked for the undercard. The show should benefit from this past Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva” event at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The Feb. 12 event kicked off a highly anticipated and season-long grand prix — a star-studded affair featuring eight of the world’s top heavyweights.

The weekend event featured the first two opening-round matchups (the other pair takes place April 9), which saw onetime pound-for-pound kingpin Fedor Emelianenko (31-3) upset by Antonio Silva (16-2) via a second-round doctor’s stoppage (due to a badly swollen right eye).

“It’s a tournament,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “And as I’ve said, anything can happen.”

Unfortunately, that included the elimination of the tournament’s most recognizable star. But it’s not all bad news. Despite the Jersey show featuring three tourney-reserve fights, and though Emelianenko hinted at a possible retirement after the loss, Coker said the Russian could re-enter the tourney as an injury replacement if the need arises. Emelianenko, who went an unheard-of 27-0 from 2000-2010, gave Strikeforce a fighter its rival, the UFC, failed to sign on multiple occasions. But with back-to-back losses, his stock has plummeted.

Still, anything involving Emelianenko is big news in the MMA world, and Columbus’ upcoming show should benefit from the buzz.

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Jorge Gurgel Faces Tyler Combs at Strikeforce Ohio

By Damon Martin

It will be an old school Ohio grudge match when Jorge Gurgel takes on Tyler Combs at the upcoming Strikeforce show in Columbus on March 5. first reported the proposed bout between Gurgel and Combs earlier this week, and have now confirmed bout agreements have been issued for the lightweight showdown.

Sources close to the fighters confirmed the contracts to on Saturday.

Gurgel and Combs apparently have a history that should make the March 5 fight that much more interesting. Gurgel of course owns and operates his school in Cincinnati, OH while Combs trains just north of there just outside of Dayton, OH. has also been informed that the bout between Gurgel and Combs is expected to make the televised broadcast. Rumors have persisted that some of the Strikeforce preliminary card will make it onto an HDNet broadcast before the main card kicks off at 10pm ET, and that may include Gurgel vs. Combs.


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