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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results And Play-By-Play

Tonight at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson, former Olympian Dan Henderson will take part in the ninth tile bout of his career as he looks to take the Strikeforce light heavyweight title from Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. Women's 135lbs champion Marloes Coenen will also defend her title on the Showtime broadcast against Liz Carmouche. Former Army special forces soldier Tim Kennedy will face Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef and Jorge Masvidal will face Billy Evangelista in a lightweight tilt.

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Strikeforce Results: Dan Henderson Stops Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante In Third Round

The main event of the evening for Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson was the light heavyweight title defense. Champion Rafael Cavalcante defended his title against former two-time Olympian Dan Henderson. The fight is set for five five-minute rounds.

ROUND 3 - Hard leg kick from Feijao starts the round. Henderson fires a monster right hand after two small leg kicks and Feijao is hurt badly. Henderson follows up with punches after putting the hooks in and just unloads. Feijao has no opportunity to even recover. Referee Dan Miragliotta stops the fight as Feijao is unable to respond.

This is a huge win for the 40-year old former PRIDE champion. It's also a nice pick up for Strikeforce to have a well-known, marketable name in Henderson to help push the promotion forward. It's also probably a good reminder that Henderson should not have participated in the heavyweight grand prix as his talents are better served at light heavyweight.

Strikeforce results: Dan Henderson defeated Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante by TKO (strikes) at :50 of round three.

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Strikeforce Results: Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante Vs. Dan Henderson Round 2

The main event of the evening for Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson was the light heavyweight title defense. Champion Rafael Cavalcante defended his title against former two-time Olympian Dan Henderson. The fight is set for five five-minute rounds.

ROUND 2 - Leg kick for Henderson to start the round. Big left hook to the body lands for Henderson and the challenger is throwing huge punches. Fighters clinch against the fence and a failed single leg from Henderson goes nowhere. Dan Henderson shows incredible balance in landing on top from a trip takedown attempt. Feijao is able to reverse from half guard and working from Henderson's full guard here. The referee re-starts the action. Head kick from Feijao misses. Henderson slowly closing the distance over and over trying to land a punch. Leg kick for Henderson. Body lock takedown for Henderson and lands in the half guard.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Henderson.

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Strikeforce Results: Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante Vs. Dan Henderson Round 1

The main event of the evening for Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson was the light heavyweight title defense. Champion Rafael Cavalcante defended his title against former two-time Olympian Dan Henderson. The fight is set for five five-minute rounds.

The referee in charge of the action is Dan Miragliotta.

ROUND 1 - Henderson immediately takes the center of the cage. Now Feijao moving him back, both fighters standing orthodox. Feijao lands a gigantic outside leg kick. Henderson looks like he's head hunting with the right hand and eats another leg kick. Feijao fires back and drops Henderson. The Olympian recovers quickly and reverses Feijao as he charges in putting the champion on his back. Working now from full guard. The referee stands them up. Henderson charges in with the right, misses, and the fighters clinch. Henderson rips a body shot to Feijao's middle. Feijao tries a knee tap takedown and it goes nowhere.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Feijao.

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: Marloes Coenen Gets Past Liz Carmouche After Several Tense Moments

The first title bout on the line at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson was a 135lbs tilt between champion Marloes Coenen and Liz Carmouche. Carmouche was coming in as a late replacement. This was Coenen's first title defense of this belt.

The referee in charge of the action is Greg Franklin.

ROUND 1 - The fighters exchange leg kicks early, Coenen getting the best of them. Carmoche gets nailed with a counter right by Coenen as she attempts a leg kick. Carmouche appears to be jabbing up on the much taller Coenen. Same thing happens again as Carmouche attempts a leg kick. Overhand right from Coenen misses. Inside leg kick now from Coenen. Double underhooks for Carmouche as the fighters jockey on the fence. The referee separates them. Carmouche still having issues standing, but is flowing much more. Coenen lands two push kicks.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Coenen.

ROUND 2 - Both fighters exchanged leg kicks right off the bat. Carmouche bullies Coenen into the fence. Carmouche drops down for a takedown and almost gets guillotined. Carmouche manages to pull out and is now working in Coenen's guard. Attempted armbar by Coenen is met with a monster punch from Carmouche on top. Carmouche stands, throws Coenen's legs by and moves to side control, almost north-south. Carmouche tries to jump position and in a failed scramble actually gets to mount. Carmouche pounding on the champion now.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Carmouche.

ROUND 3 - The fighters clinch and jockey along the fence. Now the ladies trade foot stomps. Now Coenen with double underhooks against the fence. Now Carmouche with double underhooks and she gets the takedown into side control. Carmouche moves to 3/4 mount and mount again. Carmouche is pounding on Coenen from mount now with Coenen barely able to do anything.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-8 Carmouche.

ROUND 4 - Coenen shows great balance off a trip takedown from Carmouche and lands on top. Coenen steps back and as Carmouche sits up she gets a single leg takedown, but as Coenen went to the floor she controlled hand position and worked a high guard into a triangle attempt. After some initial struggling, Carmouche taps.

Strikeforce results: Marloes Coenen defeated Liz Carmouche by submission (triangle choke) at 1:29 of round four.

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Strikeforce Results: Tim Kennedy Calls Out Robbie Lawler

Fresh off of his victory over Melvin Manhoef at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson, former U.S. Army special forces operator Tim Kennedy made his next move. Or requested it anyway. Kennedy, high off the win, called out Strikeforce middleweight Robbie Lawler. Interestingly, both Lawler and Kennedy have wins over Melvin Manhoef.

The bout would an interesting middleweight tilt, although one wonders if the wrestling of Kennedy would be sufficient enough to defeat Lawler. Tonight Kennedy shot in without setting up his strikes, but Lawler isn't a strong practitioner of the jab. Then again, Lawler has excellent uppercuts and greatly improved timing.

Here's where both fighters currently stand in the USA TODAY/SB Nation Consensus MMA Rankings:

Rank Fighter % Promotion Last Rank
1 Anderson Silva 100 UFC 1
2 Chael Sonnen 89 UFC 3
3 Yushin Okami 89 UFC 2
4 Nate Marquardt 82 UFC 4
5 Demian Maia 78 UFC 5
6 Vitor Belfort 73 UFC 6
7 Ronaldo Souza 69 Strikeforce 8
8 Jorge Santiago 57 UFC 7
9 Michael Bisping 51 UFC 9
10 Dan Henderson 46 Strikeforce 10
11 Wanderlei Silva 44 UFC 12
12 Jake Shields 42 UFC 15
13 Robbie Lawler 42 Strikeforce 11
14 Hector Lombard 39 Bellator 13
15 Alan Belcher 34 UFC 14
16 Brian Stann 31 UFC 17
17 Chris Leben 27 UFC 16
18 Mamed Khalidov 24 WVR 18
19 Yoshihiro Akiyama 22 UFC 19
20 Alessio Sakara 21 UFC 20
21 Thales Leites 17 Superior Challenge 21
22 Rousimar Palhares 17 UFC 22
23 Tim Kennedy 15 Strikeforce 23
24 Maiquel Falcao 13 UFC 24
25 Jorge Rivera 11 UFC 25
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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: Tim Kennedy Submits Melvin Manhoef In The First

The second fight on the Showtime broadcast at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson was a middleweight tilt between Tim Kennedy and Melvin Manhoef. Kennedy was looking to rebound after his loss to Ronaldo Souza while Manhoef's last appearance in Strikeforce was a devastating knockout loss to Robbie Lawler.

The referee is Mark Matheny.

ROUND 1- Kennedy comes out faking level changes. He also now takes the center of the cage and shoots immediately. He switches from a double to a single and it goes nowhere. Manhoef actually stopped the takedown. Off an overhand right, Kennedy shot in but Manhoef changed the angle and escaped. Hard outside leg kick from Manhoef. And another on the opposite side. A shot again from Kennedy with no punches. Before Manhoef can stand Kennedy switches to body lock and gets him to the floor. Kennedy moves to mount and now takes Manhoef's back. Kennedy drives his hips down and flattens Manhoef. Kennedy attempts a rear naked choke and it's good.

Strikeforce results: Tim Kennedy defeated Melvin Manhoef via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:41 of round one.

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: Jorge Masvidal Toys With Billy Evangelista

The first fight on the Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson was a lightweight tilt between strikers Billy Evangelista and Jorge Masvidal. Evangelista was looking to keep his undefeated streak alive while Masvidal was looking to rebound after his loss to Paul Daley.

The referee in charge of the action is Ty Wheeler.

ROUND 1 - Both fighters standing orthodox. Evangelista taking center of the cage with Masvidal on the outside. Outside leg kick landing for Evangelista. Jabs landing for Masvidal. Masvidal catches a kick and drives Evangelista to the floor. A failed craddle allows Evangelista to stand. The fighters clinch against the fence with Masvidal doing a much better job of finding underhooks. Attempted throw by Evangelista, but Masvidal whizzers hard and stops it. Masvidal lands some nice body shots and moves out of the way well before over committing on punches and being taken down. Masvidal stands and both fighters lands strikes in the clinch fight. Body shot for Masvidal.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Masvidal.

ROUND 2 - Evangelista working at the end of Masvidal's range. Knee tap takedown by Evangelista, but Masvidal whizzers hard and stands up immediately. Masvidal catches another kick and trips Evangelista to the floor. Both fighters stand after Masvidal stands up and out. Nice jabs from Masvidal. Body shot from Masvidal. Masvidal moving out of the way of Evangelista aggressive position changes. Hard straight right now from Masvidal. Double leg takedown now for Masvidal, but Evangelista is able to stand. More jabs from Masvidal and head movement as he gets out of the way of Evangelista's counters.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Masvidal.

ROUND 3 - Masvidal jabs and again, moves out of the way of Evangelista's counters. Evangelista attempts a single leg and drives Masvidal into the fence, but he pushed Evangelista off and landed a hard elbow. Hard right hand lands for Masvidal as Evangelista attempted an outside leg kick. Another right for Masvidal plus excellent trunk movement and positional awareness from Masvidal. Failed single leg attempt by Masvidal. Evangelista still outside of range as the fight draws to a close. Evangelista attempts takedown but it's easily stuffed.

SBNation.com scores this round 10-9 Masvidal and the fight 30-27 Masvidal.

The judges score the fight 30-27 for Jorge Masvidal.

Strikeforce results: Jorge Masvidal defeated Billy Evangelista via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: Roger Bowling Decisions Josh Thornburg

The final undercard fight at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson featured a welterweight tilt between up and coming prospect Roger Bowling and Josh Thornburg. Bowling entered this bout with a ton of hype and and looking to rebound after dropping his rematch to Bobby Voelker. Thornburg was looking to send a message as he made his Strikeforce debut.

Referee Dan Miragliotta officiated the action.

In the first round. Bowling absolutely bludgeoned Thornburg. He lit the Strikeforce newcomer up with straight punches, kicks high and low. Thornburg was able to land a few shots of his own, but the majority of the work was all Bowling. Towards the end of the round Bowling lands a nice double leg takedown. He moved to Thornburg's back and sank in the rear naked choke. Somehow Thornburg survived.

The second round was a much closer affair. Bowling managed a takedown early and even moved to half guard, but didn't do much with it. Referee Dan Miragliotta stood the two up. The fighters exchanged for a bit before Thornburg landed a trip takedown after Bowling's first attempt failed. But success was shortlived. Bowling reversed Thornburg and the round ended.

The third was even worse. Bowling again took Thornburg down, but didn't do much with it. Again they are restarted on the feet. A few more strikes from Bowling including a head kick, but nothing doing. At the end of the round, Bowling attempted a double leg, but got nowhere. Thornburg tried a guillotine late, but wasn't going to work.

Strikeforce results: Roger Bowling defeated Josh Thornburg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: Jorge Gurgel Easily Chokes Out Billy Vaughan

The fifth fight of the night at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson featured a lightweight tilt between late replacement Billy Vaughan and UFC veteran Jorge Gurgel. Vaughan had a huge opportunity to make a name for himself with a win over a notable opponent. Gurgel, by contrast, had quite a bit to lose. Already relegated to the undercard after being the focal point of UFC and Strikeforce events, the Rich Franklin jiu-jitsu coach and BJJ black belt was facing an absolutely must-win situation.

And that's exactly what Gurgel did: make quick work of Vaughan to put himself back in Strikeforce's good graces.

According to multiple reports, Gurgel was able to lock up with Vaughan's neck almost immediately. Vaughan right away recognized the trouble he was in and tried to fight out of it. Unfortunately, however, things only got worse as Gurgel jumped guard and deeply tightened the choke. From there Vaughan was forced to tap.

Strikeforce results: Jorge Gurgel defeated Billy Vaughan by submission (guillotine choke) at :44 of round one.

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: Jason Freeman Makes Jason Riley Tap To Strikes

The fourth fight of the night at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson was a heavyweight tilt between Jason Freeman and Jason Riley. Freeman was coming into this bout looking to get his career past the .500 mark. Riley, on the other hand, was simply looking to end a two-fight losing skid. Riley also holds a loss to former Olympian Daniel Cormier.

Yet, there really wasn't much to this bout. Jason Freeman, who has competed in the past at light heavyweight, make very quick work of Jason Riley. According to multiple reports, things started and ended chaotically. Freeman came out firing kicks, but mostly missing his target. Riley, out of nowhere, lands a huge shot and drops Freeman to the canvas. Riley jumped on Freeman, but somehow Freeman was able to find a way back to his feet. Freeman looked very badly hurt and wobbled, but Riley assumed his opposition was finished when they weren't. That's when the tables turned. Freeman then dropped Riley to the canvas where he unloaded punches and hammerfists until the Riley actually tapped from strikes.

Strikeforce results: Jason Freeman defeated Jason Riley via submission (strikes) at 1:52 of round one.

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: Brian Rogers Smashes Ian Rammel

The third fight of the night at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson was a middleweight fight between Brian Rogers and Ian Rammel. Rogers is a decent product out of the Strong Style Fight Team in Ohio. Rammel was merely looking to keep his two-fight win streak going.

Here's how BloodyElbow.com called the action:

Rogers tags Rammel right off the bat. A Rammel shot is met by a huge sprwal. Not even close. Rogers goes to town on Rammel against the cage but he survives. Rogers just too quick. Another failed takedown attempt. Huge right knocks Rammel down but Rogers doesn't go into his guard. Back up. Rogers just misses with a huge left. Rammel has not landed one significant strike through three minutes. Rogers tags him again. Rammel taking a pounding as Rogers lands another flurry. He's tough. A left puts Rammel down. Rogers with hammerfists. Rammel tries to grab a leg but Rogers gets out and puts another pounding on him and referee Greg Franklin jumps in to end it. Brian Rogers d. Ian Rammel (TKO/Strikes) R1

Strikeforce results: Brian Rogers defeated Ian Rammel by TKO (strikes) at 4:23 of round one.

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: Marc Cofer Choked Out By Mike Whitesel

The second fight of the night at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson featured a middleweight tilt. Marc Cofer had won his first three before losing three straight heading into this fight. Mitch Whitesel, a journeyman who had lost five straight coming into this fight, was looking for a paycheck.

It turned out, however, that the veteran experience of Whitesel was enough to get the win.

With referee Dan Miragliotta at the helm, the two fighters opened the round trading punches, but soon clinched along the fence. The fighters eventually separated, but only then did Cofer over commit on a punch that allowed Whitesel to close the distance. From there the journeyman was able to land an easy takedown on top. He tried to no avail to throw strikes from there, but as Cofer scrambled Whitesel was able to secure a modified sitting guillotine. Apparently it worked as Cofer was forced to tap.

Strikeforce results: Mitch Whitesel defeated Marc Cofer via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:55 of round one.

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results: John Kuhner Triangles J.P. Felty

At the first fight of the night at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson, upstarts John Kuhner and J.P. Felty looked to make a name for themselves at a large-scale event. Kuhner came into this bout winless. Felty was making his pro debut.

It didn't look good for Kuhner early. In the first round, which MMA Fighting scored has a 10-9 round for Felty. While Kuhner was winning the striking battle, he was taken down three times. Felty landed enough damage along the way to convincingly take the round. Kuhner was en route to his third straight loss.

But things changed in the second round. At first Kuhner looked good, taking Felty's back and almost landing a choke. He made several clean attempts at it, but simply couldn't find the sweet spot. Kuhner eventually rolled to mount. From there he was able to do a sit-in triangle and roll off of his own base to secure the choke. The referee didn't see it until Felly was already out, giving Kuhner his first professional mixed martial arts win.

Strikeforce results: John Kuhner defeated J.P. Felty via submission (triangle choke) at 4:31 of round two.

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Strikeforce Feijao Vs. Henderson Results And Play-By-Play

Tonight beginning at 10 p.m. ET SB Nation MMA brings you live round-by-round, fight-by-fight coverage of Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. The event takes place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio and will air on the Showtime network.

Two titles are on the line tonight. For the women's 135lbs strap, current champion Marloes Coenen will defend against late replacement Liz Carmouche. That fight will be set for five five-minute rounds. The other title fight and headliner is a light heavyweight title defense (205lbs) by current champion Rafael Cavalcante and two-time Olympian Dan Henderson. That fight will also be set for five five-minute rounds.

The fights air tomorrow night on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET. Follow Luke Thomas (@MMANation) for live updates and results.

Main card:
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson
Marloes Coenen vs. Liz Carmouche
Tim Kennedy vs. Melvin Manhoef
Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Masvidal

Preliminary card:
Roger Bowling vs. Josh Thornburg
Jorge Gurgel vs. Billy Vaughan
Jason Riley vs. Jason Freeman
Ian Rammel vs. Brian Rogers
Marc Cofer vs. Mitch Whitesel
J.P. Felty vs. John Kuhner

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