MMA veteran Dan Henderson forced the Strikeforce light heavyweight title to change hands for the fourth time in as many fights last night at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio when he knocked out Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in the third round of their title fight. “Dangerous” Dan spoke with Sherdog.com following his big, championship-netting win.
“I was excited for the fight and the chance to fight someone like ‘Feijao,’” said Henderson. “I felt like the belt was just the cherry on top, and I love cherries.”
The newly-crowned champ eventually defeated “Feijao” by landing his trademark, rocket-fueled right hand, dropping the Black House protege to the mat where he finished him off with a few powerful follow up strikes. However, it was “Feijao” who looked to be the closest to finishing the fight early, as he dropped Henderson in the first round with a straight right of his own.
“I don’t know [how hurt I was]. Whether I’m hurt or not, I can never remember what I do to set things up half the time,” Henderson said of Cavalcante’s early onslaught. “He definitely knocked me down, but I felt like I had my wits about me the whole time. Luckily, I recovered fast, and he didn’t land any more shots.”
Along with adding a new section to his highlight reel and another knockout of a solid opponent to his record, Henderson adds a new belt to his already impressive collection, one that he plans on defending sooner rather than later.
“[The belt] definitely looks good around [my waist], so hopefully I’ll keep it there for a few fights,” said Henderson. “I definitely want to fight. I will be fighting before June or July, then probably take the summer off and fight near the end of the year. And I will definitely be hanging on to this belt.”
Henderson improved his record to 27-8 with the victory and earned his twelfth win via stoppage from strikes. He is now on a two-fight winning streak.