Strikeforce - Henderson v. Feijao proved an entertaining event with a miraculous come-back victory by Marloes Coenen for the women's 135 pound title. In addition, MMA pioneer Dan Henderson proved he still has big time power with a dramatic knockout of Brazilian powerhouse Rafael "Feijao" Calvancante.
Dan Henderson is a legend of the sport on mixed martial arts, beginning his career in 1997 following an extensive amateur wrestling career. Henderson has competed and won belts in the UFC, Rings, Pride and now Strikeforce. His decorated career has seen him notch victories over Renzo Gracie, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping.
On Saturday night, Henderson looked to be giving up plenty of size the Feijao, who had taken the Strikeforce belt with a win over King Mo. In the first round, Feijao and Henderson traded punched before Henderson was dinged with a solid punch. In danger, Henderson bounced back with a takedown and cruised for the remainder of the round.
In the second, Henderson seemed to get the better of the grappling game, working the clinch to perfection. He was again able to get Calvancante to the ground, using technical Greco Roman wrestling. In the third round, Henderson turned the lights out on Feijao throwing a right hand glancing off his chin. Henderson pounced and punched it out.
In the women's title fight, ADCC 3rd place finisher and 22 fight veteran Marloes Coenen might not have known quite what was in store for her entering her fight with 5'4" military veteran Liz Carmouche.
Carmouche, using endless movement, came out like a firecracker against the champ. Following a very close first round, Carmouche's takedowns found their mark as she got Coenen to the ground. Working to full mount, Carmouche brought a relentless ground and pound attack, punishing Coenen.
The third round was more of the same, as Carmouche again landed a takedown directly to side mount, transitioning to full mount and raining down punches. Coenen again was unable to buck Carmouche, as she punished Coenen until the bell.
In the fourth, Coenen was ready for another takedown attempt from Carmouche. As Carmouche brought her to the ground, Coenen set up a triangle that got tighter and tighter, forcing Carmouche to tap at 1:29 of the 4th round.
In other action, special forces combat veteran Tim Kennedy notched a submission win over powerful Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef. Manhoef landed some nasty leg kicks early and defended the first three Kennedy takedown attempts, but one was all Kennedy needed. After getting his takedown, Kennedy took mount, Manhoef rolled, and the rear naked choke was secured.
Here are the full results:
Dan Henderson def Rafael Cavalcante via TKO (strikes) R3, 0:50
Marloes Coenen def Liz Carmouche via sub (triangle) R4, 1:29
Tim Kennedy def Melvin Manhoef via sub (RNC) R1, 3:41
Jorge Masvidal def Billy Evangelista via unanimous dec
Roger Bowling def Josh Thornburg via unanimous dec
Jorge Gurgel def Billy Vaughan via sub (guillotine) R1, 0:44
Jason Freeman def Jason Riley via sub (strikes) R1, 1:52
Brian Rogers def Ian Rammel via TKO (strikes) R1, 4:23
Mitch Whitesel def Marc Cofer via sub (guillotine) R1, 3:55
John Kuhner def J.P. Felty via sub (triangle) R2, 4:31