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


Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle set for Strikeforce on April 9th in San Diego

By George C Mathews

A light heavyweight showdown between Gegard Mousasi (#10 LHW) and Mike Kyle is set for Strikeforce’s April 9th event from San Diego, California.

Mousasi, who is currently riding a two fight win streak, last saw action at DREAM 16, where he submitted Tatsuya Mizuno by rear naked choke in the first round. Considered by many to be one of MMA’s top light heavyweights, Mousasi holds notable victories over Hector Lombard (#8 MW), Evangalista “Cyborg” Santos, Denis Kang, Melvin Manhoef, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, and Strikeforce middleweight champion, Ronaldo “Jacare” DeSouza (#5 MW)

Mike Kyle last fought at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu, when he stepped in for an injured Valentijn Overeem to face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (#8 HW) in a heavyweight match up. Despite the size disadvantage, Kyle nearly scored the upset, as he knocked Silva down with a right hand during round one, but was unable to get the finish. Silva was able to battle back and score a TKO in the second round, although Kyle earned a lot of respect for his showing against one of MMA’s top heavyweights.

Strikeforce San Diego: Diaz vs. Daley takes place April 9th, and features a championship doubleheader, as Nick Diaz will defend his welterweight title against Paul “Semtex” Daley, while teammate Gilbert Melendez will defend his lightweight title against Tatsuya Kawajiri.



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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Tim Kennedy Eager to Make a Statement in Battle with Melvin Manhoef

By Ben Fowlkes

When Tim Kennedy steps in against Melvin Manhoef in Strikeforce this Saturday night, it will have been nearly seven months since his last fight — a narrow decision loss against Strikeforce middleweight champ RonaldoJacare‘ Souza.

If you ask Kennedy, seven months is much too long without somebody to punch in the face on live TV. And it’s just possible, he’s willing to admit now, that maybe he didn’t handle the layoff all that well.

“I don’t mean to use an inappropriate metaphor, but you know that guy who really wants to go home with a girl, and it’s two o’clock in the morning and the bar’s closing down and he’s just going after everybody? He doesn’t care what they look like or what they weigh, he’s just up for anything? That’s how I’ve been feeling about a fight,” Kennedy told MMA Fighting. “Like, how about you? How about you? Just anybody.”

He’s still not entirely sure why it was so difficult to get an opponent and a date. Originally he’d hoped to get a rubber match with Jason “Mayhem” Miller, and he’d heard that Miller was willing and able. When that fight failed to materialize, Kennedy started to get a little desperate for some action.

“I was asking my confidants like, should I just start talking smack about people? Should I go to Japan? Should I go to Brazil? I was that really creepy guy outside the bar being like, ‘Hey, what are you doing later?’ I just wanted to fight.”

Ask long and loud enough, and ye shall receive. Eventually.


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Strikeforce’s Tim Kennedy Forecasts Knockout of Melvin Manhoef

By Matt Bishop

Tim Kennedy has seen a revolving door of opponents for his fight Saturday at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.

First it was supposed to be a rubber match with Jason Miller, but a fight with “Mayhem” never materialized. Then Luke Rockhold was signed but had to pull out due to injury. Finally, Strikeforce found Kennedy a different kind of opponent: Vaunted striker Melvin Manhoef.

The two will meet on the main card this Saturday from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Showtime.

“(My training’s) been constant,” Kennedy told Bloody Elbow Radio last week. “I was hoping I was going to be fighting March 5 and I was moving forward as if I were. The opponents changed, but I’ll have a little over a month to train specifically for Melvin. I’ve been in training camp for three months. I’m in great shape, 100 percent healthy and changed up the game plan a little bit of course because Melvin is very different than both Jason and Luke, so I’m just moving forward.”

Getting a fight has been a challenge for Kennedy. He hasn’t fought since August when he dropped a unanimous decision to Ronaldo Souza in a fight for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title.


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