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. 🙂

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

Event Extras:
For Weigh-in results: Click Here
For Betting Odds: Click Here


Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante Finds Importance in Strategy for Strikeforce Fight With Dan Henderson

By Erik Fontanez

The type of approach one takes is key in the fight game. Without a definitive gameplan, a fighter’s night can go South very quickly with his competition getting their hand raised in victory.

Being strategic is of the utmost importance, especially when the fight is against a guy the caliber of Dan Henderson, who Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante happens to face this Saturday, March 5 at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. The fight will be Cavalcante’s first defense of his newly acquired light heavyweight title.

The all important gameplan never stays the same. With each fight, the plan shifts in such a way as to take advantage of the opposition’s weaknesses. The fact that this is a title defense has little to do with the preparation, according to Cavalcante – other than the fact that this could be a 25-minute fight, of course.

“Against every fighter there’s a little bit of a strategy,” “Feijao” said recently. “It doesn’t really matter if I’m fighting for a title or I’m defending a title. It’s really about the fighter and every fighter has different strategies they are going to throw at you.”


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Carmouche Dismisses Notion of Title Fight Jitters Against Coenen

By Mike Whitman

Liz Carmouche is headed into the most important bout of her nascent mixed martial arts career, but her title bid at Saturday’s Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson” is far from the biggest fight of her life.

Prior to taking up a career as a fighter, Carmouche (Pictured) served for more than five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where she accompanied soldiers near the frontlines of battle.

“I was an electrician on helicopters. I did three tours of Iraq, and the last one I was attached to grunt unit [infantry],” said Carmouche during a media conference call last week. “That allowed me to do something that appealed to me, that most women don’t have the opportunity to do, because women aren’t allowed to be grunts for the military. So it got me as close to front line as I could get.”

On Saturday, Carmouche will take a crack at Strikeforce 135-pound women’s champion Marloes Coenen at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Coenen was originally slated to meet top contender Miesha Tate, but Carmouche was called on 11 days’ notice after Tate suffered a knee injury in training.

“I respect Marloes Coenen. She’s the world’s best, and this was an opportunity that I just couldn’t refuse. I’m excited for this fight,” said Carmouche. “I had no hesitation [in accepting the bout]. I try to stay in shape all year ‘round, so when I got the notice, I was ready for it.”


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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.

Counterpunch: Strikeforce “Feijao vs. Henderson”

By Bryan Henderson

The heavyweight grand prix has been the focus of Strikeforce lately, but let’s not forget that the promotion has other divisions that feature prominent fighters and title belts. This Saturday, the light heavyweights and the ladies take center stage when Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante defends his 205-pound crown against UFC and Pride veteran Dan Henderson and Marloes Coenen puts her women’s welterweight title on the line against late replacement Liz Carmouche.

The light heavyweight clash will mark Henderson’s second championship outing in only three fights under the Strikeforce banner. His first shot at gold resulted in a losing effort in a disappointing performance against Jake Shields in the middleweight division. Now Henderson hopes to fight to a better outcome when he steps into the cage against Cavalcante, who will be making his first defense of the title he snagged from Muhammed Lawal in August of 2010.

Meanwhile, Marloes Coenen makes his first defense of the title she captured from Sarah Kaufman in October of last year. Originally set to face Miesha Tate, she now must contend with late replacement Liz Carmouche. Carmouche doesn’t have the experience of the injured Tate, but she is undefeated through five professional bouts and now has her eyes set on scoring the upset to capture the 135-pound women’s title.

The main card will also feature a middleweight battle between Tim Kennedy and Melvin Manhoef, plus a lightweight scrap between Billy Evangelista and Jorge Masvidal. All of the action goes down at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The main card will air live on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m. ET.


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