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. 🙂

Tim Kennedy’s Doomsday Scenario

By Steven Kelliher

Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy recently spoke with Tapology’s Steven Kelliher to articulate his thoughts on some negative trends in MMA and his hope for the future.

Kennedy last saw action six months ago when he made an unsuccessful bid for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship belt currently held by RonaldoJacare” Souza. Since coming out on the wrong side of a somewhat controversial Unanimous Decision, Kennedy has expressed frustration over his opponent’s defensive approach to the fight.

“I was actually more disappointed with the way he wasn’t fighting me,” Kennedy said about Souza. “The numbers that we put up in five rounds—I think Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard put those same numbers up in one round.”

While personal experience undoubtedly influences Kennedy’s thoughts on the matter, the aggressive fighter fears that fighting to decisions is a trend that could do real damage to the sport, irrespective of intelligent arguments made by more conservative fighters.


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Kennedy, Manhoef, Coenen, and Carmouche Talk Mar.5th Fights

By Full Contact Fighter

Next Saturday, the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, will host Strikeforce’s latest event, with a card that will see both the promotion’s light-heavyweight belt and the women’s welterweight title on the line. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (10-2) will look to defend his 205lb. championship against decorated veteran Dan Henderson (26-8), while Marloes Coenen (18-4) will hope to retain here welterweight crown when she faces challenger Liz Carmouche (6-0). Miesha Tate was originally scheduled to fight Coenen but was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. (Pictured: Coenen tapping out Sarah Kaufman)

The card will be on broadcast on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast.
Earlier in the week Coenen and Carmouch participated in a media conference call to discuss their upcoming March 5th tilt, as did middleweight contender Tim Kennedy (12-3) and noted striker Melvin Manhoef (24-8-1), who will also square off that night.

Here is some of what the competitors had to say about next Saturday’s match-ups.


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Melvin Manhoef Says MMA Is His Priority, Expects Epic Fight with Tim Kennedy

By Mike Chiappetta

After years of constant back and forth shuttling between mixed martial arts and kickboxing, Dutch striking powerhouse Melvin Manhoef is committed solely to MMA in 2011. His year kicks off at March 5’s Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson event, when he takes on former No. 1 middleweight contender Tim Kennedy.

Speaking on a teleconference, the 34-year-old Manhoef said while he was not retiring from kickboxing, he would shelve his pursuits in that sport for the foreseeable future while working to round out his MMA game, which has been criticized for holes in his ground defense.

“I’ve made small changes, more on the ground,” he said. “In past fights, I was always trying to bang and knock somebody out, but [now] I give more time to my [Brazilian jiu-jitsu], my wrestling. All the things changed.”

Manhoef explained that usually when he spends time trying to improve one discipline — jiu jitsu, for example — it comes at the expense of training time for his striking.


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Strikeforce expands UK TV deal, March 5th event airs on PPV

By Fighters Only

Strikeforce has expanded its television deal in the UK.

The North American promotion partnered with PPV platform Primetime, originally with a deal to air the four stages of its Heavyweight Grand Prix this year.

Today it was announced that the forthcoming March 5th event will also now air on Primetime. The event is headlined by a light-heavyweight title bout between Dan Henderson and Rafael ‘Feijao’ Calvacante.

The event, which because of time differences will commence airing at three a.m. Sunday morning in the UK, also features Marloes Coenen Vs Miesha Tate and Tim Kennedy Vs Melvin Manhoef on the undercard.


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Tim Kennedy: A Fighter For The Troops

By Chris Leslie

Strikeforce middleweight Tim Kennedy is the embodiment of what it is to be a warrior. As a decorated U.S. Army Green Beret, Kennedy has faced more adversity outside the cage than most fighters do in their whole careers inside the cage.

With a March 5th fight with Melvin Manhoef looming, I managed to catch up Tim Kennedy to discuss multiple topics including his upcoming fight, his struggles to find an opponent, his thoughts on the Strikeforce Heavyweight tournament, his training, and his military service.

What are your thoughts on the difficulties of finding an opponent for your March 5th bout?
“I said a couple months ago I was having a hard time getting people to fight me and people said ‘Ah he’s so full of crap, anyone that would fight that guy’s a chump’ and then a month later, low and behold, everybody got to take a little peak into the revolving door that is my opponent turn over. Originally, I had Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller and for no reason of his or my control, that fight didn’t materialize, and then there was Luke Rockhold, and then finally there was Melvin.”

What do you think of your upcoming opponent Melvin Manhoef (24-8-1)?
“He’s a really experienced, really tough, he has twice the number of wins that I have, and I think he’s a little bit more well-rounded than people give him credit for. While he does lack on the ground, his takedown defense I think is very strong and his striking, of course, is amazing.”


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Kennedy Wants to KO Manhoef


Tim Kennedy thought he was fighting Jason “Mayhem” Miller again. Then Luke Rockhold. Now Melvin Manhoef.

Although his opponent for the March 5 Strikeforce event in Columbus, Ohio, seems to keep changing, Kennedy likes the latest challenge.

“Melvin’s on a list of guys I’ve been wanting to fight in Strikeforce,” Kennedy said recently on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I couldn’t be more thrilled. He’s a great fighter. He’s really exciting. I love fighting guys that come to fight. My least favorite guys in all of MMA are the counterpunchers that like to ride out decisions. I want somebody that’s going to come right at me and actually wants to show up to fight, and that’s Melvin.”

Kennedy does not feel RonaldoJacare” Souza wanted to fight in their Strikeforce middleweight title bout last August. Souza won a unanimous decision that left Kennedy infuriated.

“That fight was totally crap,” Kennedy said. “I sat there for 25 minutes and stalked the guy around the cage as he would peck me with the jab or throw an overhand right. Repeat for 25 minutes. That sucks. I, as a fan, would get bored with that fight. For crying out loud, come forward and fight me. You’re the greatest grappler on the planet. So I stuff you on a couple of takedowns, maybe try for a third one. If I take you down, maybe try to submit me. Don’t sit there and ride out a decision doing some fancy footwork for some so-called judges that are boxing judges. That’s stupid. If you’re going to win a title, come into the cage to fight.”

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