Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson took place Saturday night at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and featured two championship fights.
At light heavyweight, Dan Henderson forced the trend of Strikeforce 205lbs. champs losing the belt before making a successful defense to continue by knocking out Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, who knocked out “King Mo” Lawal, who beat down Gegard Mousasi, who knocked out Renato “Babalu” Sobral, who cut up Bobby Southworth (the last guy to successfully defend the title). “Hendo” hopes to keep the belt around his waist for at least one successful defense.
Women’s 135lbs. champion Marloes Coenen defended her belt by rallying back from two straight rounds of dominance by the challenger, Liz Carmouche–who took the fight on two weeks notice–to secure a triangle choke in Round 4.
In other main card action, Tim Kennedy again exposed Melvin Manhoef’s lack of ground game by taking the fearsome Dutch striker down and tapping him out with a rear naked choke in a middleweight contest. Jorge Masvidal played it mostly safe en route to a unanimous decision win over fellow lightweight Billy Evangelista, who took the first loss of his career.
Below is a full list of the payouts for the event, courtesy MMAFighting.com.
-John Kuhner: $3,000 ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus) defeated JP Felty: $1,500.
-Mitch Whitesel: $3,000 ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus) defeated Marc Cofer: $1,500
-Brian Rogers: $3,000 ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus) defeated Ian Rammel: $1,500
-Jason Freeman: $3,000 ($1,500 + $1,500 win bonus) defeated Jason Riley: $1,500
-Jorge Gurgel: $8,000 ($4,000 + $4,000 win bonus) defeated Billy Vaughn: $1,500
-Roger Bowling: $7,000 ($3,500 + $3,500 win bonus) defeated Josh Thornburg: $2,000
-Jorge Masvidal: $30,000 ($15,000 + $15,000 win bonus) defeated Billy Evangelista: $20,000
-Tim Kennedy: $50,000 (no win bonus) defeated Melvin Manhoef: $10,000
-(C) Marloes Coenen: $10,000 (no win bonus) defeated Liz Carmouche: $5,000
-(C) Dan Henderson: $250,000 (no win bonus) defeated Rafael Cavalcante $28,000