Welcome to FightLine.com’s live coverage of Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson.
Tonight’s fight card comes to us live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. You can catch the main card live on Showtime at 10 PM ET.
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John Kuhner defeated JP Felty via submission (triangle choke) at 4:31 of Round 2.
Mitch Whitesel defeated Marc Cofer via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:55 of Round 1.
Brian Rogers defeated Ian Rammel via TKO (punches) at 4:23 of Round 1.
Jason Freeman defeated Jason Riley via TKO (punches) at 1:52 of Round 1.
Jorge Gurgel defeated Billy Vaughan via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:44 of Round 1.
Roger Bowling defeated Josh Thornburg via unanimous decision.
Jorge Masvidal vs. Billy Evangelista
Round 1: Evangelista throws first, but Masvidal connects first with a one-two. Masvidal catches a kick and takes Evangelista down seamlessly, landing strikes the entire time. They’re clinched against the cage, trading knees. Evangelista almost gets Masvidal to the mat but he avoids and they break. Nice combinations land for both men and Evangelista gets Masvidal to the mat. They’re on the fence again and Evangelista scores with an elbow. They break apart. Masvidal catches another kick and dumps Evangelista to the mat briefly. Masvidal stuffs a takedown. Evangelista with a leg kick. Masvidal scoring with a pair of nice stiff left hands.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal
Round 2: Great knees landed by Masvidal last round. Evangelista presses forward and they hit the fence briefly, with Evangelista briefly getting Masvidal to the mat before he gets back to his feet. Masvidal landing well as they scramble. He catches another kick and trips Evangelista to the mat. Masvidal with a good stiff jab. A good body shot lands for Masvidal, then a pair of jabs. Evangelista whiffs on a combo and a takedown, Masvidal makes him pay with a knee. Masvidal with a nice straight right and then another stuffed takedown. Masvidal drops down for a takedown of his own against the cage and he gets Evangelista down. Evangelista gets up but Masvidal dumps him right back down. Evangelista gets back to his feet but Masvidal stays on him against the fence. Great head movement by Masvidal, who is mostly landing at will and avoiding Evangelista’s offense.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal
Round 3: Pat Miletich politely schools Mauro Ranallo when he criticizes Masvidal for not going for the finish yet. Evangelista trying with the jab-leg kick, clipping Masvidal low. Evangelista tries for a takedown but Masvidal stuffs it, and lands a nice shot as he breaks away. Masvidal still showing the better head movement, slamming home a straight right as Evangelista tries for a kick with no punch as a precursor. They end up on the cage again, with Masvidal looking for the takedown. He doesn’t get it and they take to the center of the cage again. The fans boo. Masvidal stinging Evangelista with jabs. The pace slows at the end, with Masvidal avoiding Evangelista’s attack still and landing with disrupting shots. Evangelista turning it on more as the round closes down, but still unable to land many significant strikes.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Masvidal
Jorge Masvidal defeated Billy Evangelista via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Evangelista takes the first loss of his career tonight.
Tim Kennedy vs. Melvin Manhoef
Tim Kennedy is looking to bounce back from his title fight loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Manhoef will be seeking to break his two-fight losing streak to Robbie Lawler and Tatsuya Mizuno.
Round 1: Kennedy feinting the takedown early. Manhoef tries the same kick that Anderson Silva used to knock out Vitor Belfort. Kennedy shoots for the takedown and Manhoef actually avoids it. Kennedy tries a front kick. Manhoef avoids another takedown. Manhoef catches a kick and fires with some mean right hands. Manhoef knocks Kennedy down briefly with a leg kick and then lands another. Manhoef sprawls out of another takedown but Kennedy stays on him and gets him down and lands in side control. He transitions to full mount and then takes his back with two minutes to go. Back to full mount. Kennedy transitions to the back and flattens Manhoef out. Kennedy fighting for the rear naked choke and he gets it.
Tim Kennedy defeated Melvin Manhoef via submission (guillotine) at 3:41 of Round 1.
Marloes Coenen vs. Liz Carmouche
Marloes Coenen hoping to make her first title defense a successful one when she takes on Liz Carmouche, who steps in on short notice for an injured Meisha Tate. Carmouche undefeated at 5-0, Coenen sporting more experience, holding a record of 18-4.
Round 1: They come out fast early, trading leg kicks. Carmouche moving well, Coenen lands a good leg kick. Then a good straight right as Carmouche tries a kick. Coenen goes high with a kick and clips Carmouche. Then she tags Carmouche as she tries to rush in with a combo. Coenen using her reach well, countering Carmouche’s kicks with punches and stopping her from effectively closing the distance with kicks and stiff punches. A high kick from Coenen almost finds a home. Carmouche with a nice overhand right. They clunch and Carmouceh gets Coenen against the cage. Coenen swelling under her right eye. They fight for position against the cage, trading foot stomps. The ref separates them. Coenen still looking for the head kick. Coenen gets tagged as she tries for a straight right. carmouche lands well again before Coenen nails her with a push kick. Close round.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Coenen
Round 2: Carmouche lands first with a leg kick but Coenen immediately responds with one of her own. Carmouche pushes forward and gets Coenen against the cage, but Coenen reverses quickly. Carmouche drops for the takedown and Coenen defends well. They hit the cage and Coene looks for the standing guillotine. It looks tight but Carmouche drops down and breaks out of it, now sitting in Coenen’s full guard. Coenen uses the cage to roll for an armbar, but Carmouche avoids, postures up and lands some nice ground and pound. Carmouche passes Coenen’s guard and lands knees to the shoulder from side control. Carmouche really taking the fight to Coenen. Carmouche tries to get full mount, Coenen looks to grab her ankle but Carmouche avoids, establishes mount and starts to pound away. Carmouche beating Coenen down as the round closes.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-8 for Carmouche
Round 3: Carmouche goes for the takedown early, bullying Coenen into the fence. They battle for position, with both women periodically landing strikes. It’s been a clinch battle so far, and Coenen is starting to land some nice knees. Carmouche gets the takedown, despite Coenen grabbing the cage. Carmouche gets full mount relatively easily. Coenen trying to fight her off but Carmouche showing a solid base and staying on top, firing away with ground and pound. Carmouche beating Coenen down thoroughly here.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Carmouche
Round 4: Carmouche looks for the takedown but Coenen reverses it and lands in Carmouche’s guard. Carmouche looking to work the rubber guard and is staying busy with kicks from her back. Coenen tries for ground and pound but Carmouche isn’t having it. She gets up and takes Coenen down and the champ starts looking for the triangle. Carmouche taps and Coenen keeps her belt.
Marloes Coenen defeated Liz Carmouche via submission (triangle choke) at 1:29 of Round 4.
Carmouche gracious in defeat, pledging to improve for her next time out. Coenen admits that Carmouche was beating her up and predicts that she will be a champion one day.
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson
Dan Henderson fighting in his second Strikeforce title fight, having lost to Jake Shields at middleweight in his Strikeforce debut. He earned this title shot by knocking out Renato “Babalu” Sobral in December. “Feijao” making the first defense of his belt, which he won by knocking out Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in August.
Round 1: Cavalcante scores first with a mean leg kick. Henderson loading up on his right hand, walking “Feijao” down. Cavalcante lands a nice leg kick. Henderson lands his right but Cavalcante responds with one of his own that rocks Henderson. Henderson takes “Feijao” down off of instinct and sits in full guard recovering. The ref stands them up due to inactivity. Henderson presses Cavalcante against the cage but doesn’t do too much with the position. “Feijao” lands a nice elbow and reverses Henderson against the cage. Henderson turns “Feijao” against the cage after they trade knees. Close round but it goes to “Feijao” for landing the more significant strikes.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Cavalcante
Round 2: Henderson tries for the right and lands a left. Henderson pushing forward, trying to land with power. “Feijao” tries fore a takedown but Henderson avoids and presses Cavalcante against the cage. Still not too much offense from Henderson though. He tries for a single leg briefly. “Feijao” looks for a trip and Henderson avoids, then takes “Feijao” down when he tries it again. “Feijao” reverses off of his back and gets into Henderson’s full guard. Cavalcante unable to get much offense going either and the ref stands them up. “Feijao” misses on a high kick. A leg kick lands for Henderson and then he closes the distance with a Superman punch, getting ahold of the champ and fighting him to the ground again. “Feijao” keeping Henderson stifled in half guard.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Henderson
Round 3: Nice leg kick finds a home for “Feijao.” Henderson with a nice right and “Feijao” responds before avoiding a takedown and breaking the clinch. Henderson drops “Feijao” with a big right hand and finishes him off quickly with strikes on the ground.
Dan Henderson defeated Rafael Cavalcante via knockout (punches) at 0:50 of Round 3.
Dan Henderson earns the Strikeforce light heavyweight title and adds another nice knockout to his record. “Feijao” takes the loss well and is gracious in defeat.