MMAFighting.com is reporting that Strikeforce has lined up the first contender to Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante’s light heavyweight strap; PRIDE FC and UFC veteran Dan Henderson will step into the cage against “Feijao,” for the Black House team member’s first belt defense since winning the title from Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.
The man whose nickname means “Beans” defeated Lawal by third round TKO this past August to capture the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt, which has changed hands twice in as many title fights. Cavalcante defeated Aaron Rosa and Antwain Britt by TKO and KO, respectively, to earn the shot. A training partner to Anderson Silva, Junior dos Santos, Jose Aldo Lyoto Machida and the Nogueira brothers (to name a few), Cavalcante has built up a 10-2 record comprised of nine TKO or KO wins, one submission victory, a TKO loss and a loss by disqualification. His last loss came via TKO to Mike Kyle on a 2009 Strikeforce card.
MMA legend and founding member of Team Quest, Dan Henderson recently rebounded from a rocky start in the Strikeforce promotion (he lost in his debut to then-middleweight champion Jake Shields) by taking out respected fellow veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral by knockout in the first round of December’s Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 event. With a record of 26-8, Henderson’s record reads like a who’s who list of MMA notables, with fights against both Nogueira brothers, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Renzo Gracie, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and more legitimizing his position as one of the sport’s most decorated veterans.
Though not yet officially announced, Cavalcante and Henderson will likely meet on a March 5th Strikeforce card, which is expected to take place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.