As expected after knocking Renato Sobral out two minutes into their match-up in December, Dan Henderson will indeed get a second crack at winning Strikeforce gold with hopes of a different outcome than the one suffered in his promotional debut against Jake Shields. It now appears the double-divisional PRIDE champ also has a date and location linked to his anticipated meeting with 205-pound title-holder Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
According to MMAFighting, Cavalcante will put his strap on the line against Henderson in Columbus, Ohio on March 5 assuming paperwork is finalized in time. Both fighters have already agreed to the bout and are training under the belief it will indeed come to fruition on the attached date.
The Brazilian champion, who turned 30 yesterday, has emerged victor in his last three outings including his championship-procuring performance against then-undefeated Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal this past August at “Strikeforce – Houston”. Cavalcante is 10-2 overall with all ten wins coming by way of a strike-based finish even though he is also well-versed in BJJ.
Henderson easily represents the most-experienced opponent “Feijao” has faced thus far in his career. A veteran of nearly 3X as many fights, the 26-8 “Hendo” holds wins over a number of MMA’s brightest stars including Wanderlei Silva, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira, Rich Franklin, and Vitor Belfort.
Other fights expected for the March 5 card include Strikeforce World Grand Prix quarter-final pairings between Brett Rogers and Josh Barnett, as well as Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, with Miesha Tate, Tim Kennedy, and Jorge Gurgel also rumored for action at the event.
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