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Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson Liveblog

(“I’m not doing a fist pose.”)

Well, it’s time for another Strikeforce liveblog. I spent the last two hours on my roof in the pouring rain trying to get my satellite dish set up at my new house and I’m in no mood for witty banter, so let’s get to this biotch.

Do they actually take these text vote polls into account when matching up events?

Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Masvidal
Round 1

Evangelista comes out the aggressor, but Masvidal steps aside out of harms way of his punches. Masvidal grabs Evangelista’s leg as a kick lands on his hip and dumps Evangelista on his back. Evangelista regains his feet and pins Gamebred to the cage. Masvidal circles out and connects witha combo and Evangelista decides to take the fight back to the canvas. Masvidal grabs an arm-in guillotine and Evangelista stands up and breaks the hold, trying for an arm triangle of his own. Masvidal shucks him off and eats a knee. Masvidal closes out the round with a handful of pinpoint jabs before Evangelista clinches.

Round 2

Both fighters come out swinging, but Masvidal connects first. In the clinch, Jorge grabs double underhooks and tries a wizzer as Evangelista tries to push him into the fence. Evangelista gets up almost immediately, but is met with a knee to the abdomen when he regains his feet. Evangelista connects with an inside leg kick , but eats a hook in return.  Masvidal’s stand-up is much better. He is picking Evbangelista apart. Masvidal changes levels and connects with the double leg and gets the take down. Evangelista scrambles and rolls and gets back to his feet. Masvidal seems like he’s toying with Billy, but not like he wants to finish.

Round 3

Masvidal seems to be the more tired fighter this round, but is still landing more punches, although nothing of note. Check that. Masvidal connects with the overhand right and continues to score with intermittent jabs. This fight is not at all exciting. I have a feeling these two might be Challengers-bound. The horn sounds to put us out of our misery. Jon Fitch Tweets: “These guys make me look like Clay Guida.”

Jorge Masvidal def. Billy Evangelista by unanimous decision (30-27 all)

Tim Kennedy vs. Melvin Manhoef

Round 1

Manhoef tries for the Anderson Silva-Steven Segal kick, but doesn’t connect, and Kennedy dives for a single.  Manhoef shrugs him off.  Kennedy throws a front kick that glances off Melvin’s chest, and shoots for another takedown and misses.  Manhoef grabs a leg kick, and counter punches with an overhand right.  Manhoef connects with a leg kick that drops Kennedy to the canvas.  Another one connects and Kennedy says “screw this” and shoots for another takedown.  This time he gets it and ends up in side control and passes to mount.  Manhoef gives up his back.  Kennedy rolls and flattens Melvin out on his belly and gets a warning for punches to the back of the head.  Kennedy sinks the rear-naked- choke, and Manhoef hesitates and taps.

Tim Kennedy def.  Melvin Manhoef by submission (rear-naked-choke) 3:41 R1

Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Championship

Marloes Coenen vs. Liz Carmouche

Round 1

Coenen connects with a leg kick, and Carmouche returns the favour.  Carmouche circling away from Coenen’s power hand.  A head kick just misses, as Carmouche backs up.  Coenen lands a counter punch to Carmouche’s leg kick.  Another head kick whiffs Carmouche’s crown.  Coenen  backs Carmouche into the cage briefly with a combo, but Carmouche blocks.  Inside leg kick by Coenen.  Carmouche misses with an overhand right.  Coenen clinches, and Carmouche gets double underhooks and forces the champion into the cage.  Both women fighting for control against the fence.  A hematoma is forming under Coenen’s right eye.  Carmouche lands a handful of heel kicks to Coenen’s thighs, and Coenen answers with some foot stomps of her own.  Referee steps in and seperates the pair.  A handful of light punches are exchanged and Coenen backs up the challenger with a front kick to the solar plexus, and seconds later connects with an identical kick.

Round 2

A pair of leg kicks are exchanged, and the pair continue to feel each other out.  Carmouche connects with a cross and Coenen backs up into the cage.  Coenen reverses and clinches.  Carmouche drops for a takedown.  Coenen works and sinks a standing guillotine but Carmouche works out and bullies her to the canvas, landing in full guard.  Coenen works for an armbar, but Carmouche postures up and drops a pair of bombs on the Coenen’s face.  Carmouche passes to half guard and immediately begins punnishing Coenen’s shoulder with vicious knees.  Coenen tries to roll out, but can’t complete the sweep.  Coenen rolls for a leg, but Carmouche passes to full mount and begins punishing Coenen.  Coenen is flailing with her hands over her face, trying to buck up, but is taking punishment.  Coenen can’t get out from under the Gorilla and spends the last 20 seconds of the round absorbing shots to her forearms and head as she tries to block.

Round 3

Both fighters come out seeming tired.  Coenen throws a front kick, and Carmouche tries for a takedown, but is thwarted.  Carmouche works Coenen into the cage and Coenen turns out and connects with an elbow to the cheek.  Carmouche takes control, pushing the champion to the fence, and again Coenen shrugs her off and connects with an elbow from the outside.  Coenen is scoring with knees to the midsection against the fence, and Carmouche is clinching and finally gets the trip takedown.  Coenen is pinned against the cage as Carmouche easily passes to full mount.  Coenen finds herself back in the same position as she was at the end of the last round, and she can’t seem to get out from under the weight of Carmouche.  The strikes don’t seem to be hurting Coenen, but Carmouche is scoring over and over, no matter how slight the shots are.  Coenen keeps trying to bridge and lock her legs around Carmouche, but Carmouche is shrugging her off as she continues to ground and pound from the mount.  Carmouche’s punches are pitter-pat, like she’s playing the bongos.  She might gas out, but her weight on top of Coenen can’t be doing Marloes any favors cardio-wise.

Round 4

Coenen needs to get desperate here.  She scores with the takedown, but is stifled by Carmouche’s rubber guard.  Carmouche rolls up and tries for a double leg, but Coenen pulls guard.  She locks in a triangle; it’s tight, and Carmouche taps.

Marloes Coenen def. Liz Carmouche by submission (triangle choke)  1:29 R4

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs.
Dan Henderson

Round 1

Feijao lands a leg kick, but Hendo seems unfazed.  Henderson’s loading up that right hand, looking to Bisping Feijao.  Henderson connects with the right hand, and Feijao does the same, knocking the former PRIDE champ on his ass.  Henderson scoops him up and dumps him on his back from his knees, and works from full guard.  Henderson is trying to shake away the cobwebs and get his wits about him.  The referee, Dan Miragliotta warns them that he’s going to stand them up, and eventually he does.  Henderson backs Feijao into the cage and immediately clinches to avoid giving him enough distance to throw the big right.  They exchange knees, and Feijao barely misses with an elbow.  Henderson keeps Feijao’s back against the cage, but the stalling prompts another break by Miragliotta.

Round 2

Henderson throws an uncharacteristic leg kick and follows up with a body shot and a handful of jabs that force the champion to retreat.  Feijao tries for a takedown now, but Henderson shucks him off and pins him once again into the cage.  Feijao seems tired, which is probably what Henderson’s game plan is – to wear him out and beat him in the later rounds.  Feijao tries for the takedown but Henderson won’t relinquish the clinch.  The former Olympian reverses and demonstrates his wrestling prowess as he ends up on top as the fight hits the floor.  Henderson works from side control, but Feijao rolls and reverses with an ankle pick.  Feijao is in full guard.  Henderson clinches and elicits another stand-up.  Feijao whiffs a head kick and just misses with a right-left combo.  Henderson tags him with a Superman punch, and then another.  From clinch to trip takedown, Henderson ends up in half guard.  Rafael holds on for dear life and ends the round.

Round 3

Feijao connects first with a leg kick, and Henderson counters with a right.  Two seconds later he connects with an uppercut, but Feijao seems unfazed.  Henderson connects with a right, spins Feijao around on his belly as he hits the canvas, and Henderson follows up with a handful of finishing rights.  Henderson wins and the Strikeforce light heavyweight title has now changed hands for the fifth time in as many bouts.

Dan Henderson def. Rafael Feijao by knockout  0:50 R3 and becomes the new Strikeforce light heavyweight champion

Well, it looks like the wheelbarrow full of cash that Scott Coker used to lure Hendo away from the UFC is finally paying dividends after a rocky start in his fight against Jake Shields.  The fact that this is his second title shot in his third Strikeforce fight is a pretty good indicator that they wanted him to hold one of their belts.

It’s only midnight.  Go enjoy your Sunday morning, Potato Nation.

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ByrneDout- March 8, 2011 at 6:22 am
The commentary was so bad so bad. I thought Gus was bad but this takes it to a new level.
Wow though Coennen had an amazing victory, similar to Silva vs Sonnen, or Lesnar vs Cawin, It's why those people stayed champions at their time.
Happy to see Hendo win.
I would recommend losing the commentary staff except Miletich. Mauro's commentary is so terrible, he is wrong half the time and ridiculous the other half. Also interview the champion who retained the belt before the challenger who lost, Jesus. (eg: Coennen fight)
Blackleg- March 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm
I really wish we could get some truly emotionless writing around here, this was a bit over the top.

WTG Hendo, nice to see someone that lives/dies by the overhand right actually win one.
Turd Furgeson- March 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

On my satellite package I don't have Showtime. Also I'm on my mobile device. It's currently my only means of internet access.
Cro mag- March 6, 2011 at 9:39 am
Hey Karma, chill the fuck out. Hendo is one of my favorite fighters of all time and I was pissed that Dana White let him go too easily, as if he was just a washed up dude pushing 40, that's why I said that. If you have a problem with that go fuck your cat.
ccman- March 6, 2011 at 8:08 am
Eh. I caught the end of the rebroadcast.
Coenen showed balls or carmouche showed she can't hit a downed oppenent. Minus the come from behind thing was pretty dull and absolut proof either compustrike counts arm hits as power strikes on the ground (which explains penn fitch also or strikeforce is using the generic version..
Hendo has become a 1 trick pony. Hey its working for him against anyone of bisping level and lower, but can you really see spider going flat and allowing the front leg\overhand right he throws and throws until he connects flush? Especially considering hendo won his round wrestling? Me either. And the man still can't sell a fight or make people care as shown on even the turnout here when he fights. Reading most of the recent ones is about the same as watching. Not calling for retirement but I grow less upset over his departure every fight.
Waxedpants- March 6, 2011 at 6:45 am
I was shithoused as well --- watching the machine's webcast didn't help.
RwilsonR- March 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm
Definitely not discounting his win, Karma. Nor his relevance to the sport. Though I never really wanted to see him fight Anderson again. I think he is still relevant at 205, just not UFC title picture relevant. Just saying that guys like Lindland a couple of years back, and guys like Mousasi last year, are often ranked #2 in their division, and a lot of people will say things like, "The only real test left for Anderson is...[insert fighter on a win streak from a smaller league]." I think it isn't fair to rank these guys so high, because a lot of their ranking has to do with win streaks, and win streaks are easier when you are fighting guys like Scott Smith for the title. It used to frustrate me to no end when people would rank Matt Lindland #2 at MW because he beat Jeremy Horn and put up a decent fight in a loss to Fedor, and we were supposed to believe he should be ranked ahead of guys like Rich Franklin because Franklin took two losses to the best fighter in the world. Reality eventually catches up, when Lindland for example, has to actually fight someone good. Then we get to see where he really should have been ranked, and that he never would have been much of a challenge for Anderson all along. And I think a lot of times not only are these guys ranked undeservedly high because of win streaks against so-so competition, but also because it just doesn't seem like a "fair" list if you only include guys from just one organization.
So I'm not saying that Hendo's win wasn't good, that Hendo isn't good, or that Feijao is shitty. Just that I'm anticipating Hendo getting a bigger boost from this than he probably deserves considering he is one fight away from a loss to a welterweight.
And yes I agree Hendo has done a lot of very important things in this sport.
And I'll have to read back through what I wrote tomorrow to see if I actually had a point to what I am saying right now because I've had a few too many, and I am typing this crap on my phone. Hopefully I made some sense... if not, well, it's CP and I wouldn't be the first to ramble on meaninglessly. Goodnight CP!
KarmaAteMyCat- March 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm
I am one of those people RWR I wanted to see Hendo vs Anderson 2. I waited for it for some time. To be honest I considered Feijao a relevant part of the 205lb Division regardless of being in Strikeforce I thought he was grade A. Henderson Certainly made a statement tonight. He beat a blackhouse fighter, He won a title, and he beat a very strong and young opponent. He did all of these things at the age of forty. I really felt the need to emphasize that last fact. Henderson has done so much for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts to say anything bout Hendersons relevance in MMA is hardly logical. He is the Strikeforce LHW Champion. I think you have to consider Henderson a genuine staple at 205lbs. He was winning that fight on the judges score cards before he dropped that nasty right hand FLUSH. I love how they said it grazed Feijao but then they replayed it at the rear angle and it was flush. I was impressed.
RwilsonR- March 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm
Yeah, I wouldn't mind seeing him still in the UFC. I just don't think it is a huge loss not having him there. There are definitely good fights for Hendo, but I don't see him being close to a belt in either weight class. And I was just commenting on the ability of people to immediately believe that someone who beats an overrated person in a smaller org should immediately vault to near the top of rankings, when we have no idea where they actually stand because they aren't consistently fighting top competition and we have no idea where the person they just beat should have been ranked. Was Feijao a top 5 LHW, or was he more like 15.
Endless Soldier- March 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm
Oh and Hendo WAS a top 10er in Y! Sports rankings before being beaten by Shields. So you know. Uhm. I dunno what my point is.
Endless Soldier- March 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm
What RwR said. Except that I wish he were in the UFC and finished his career there.
RwilsonR- March 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm
@ waxedpants - I don't really think there was that much to the story of Hendo leaving the UFC. He thought he should be paid what the champions were making, and DW thought that he lost his shot at both belts, was given a gift of a decision against Franklin, didn't really have a place for him other than to pick off up and comers, and ultimately very few people bought PPVs just to see Hendo. So they were far apart on what they thought he was worth. Truthfully, I'm not sure DW was wrong. For all Hendo has done in this sport, he is very inconsistent, and has never been a big enough fan favorite to headline an event on his own. Plus, the victory tonight was good, but I don't know that anybody was clamoring to see him fight Anderson again, and at 40, I don't really think he would do all that well against the top 5 at LHW in the UFC.
Still, after tonight I'm sure everyone rush to throw him at number 2 or 3 on their LHW lists, since it is ever so sophisticated to have a list that has some non-UFC fighter on it. And we'll probably hear talk about how Shogun or Jon Jones needs to beat Hendo to prove their the best, since he may be the only one who has the skill-set to challenge them, but we can't since the leagues won't work together. Just like we heard about how Anderson Silva needed to fight Matt Lindland for nearly two years, and all the sites would rank Lindland at #2 MW when he had beaten Jeremy Horn, just to pretend that the real challenge to Anderson lay outside the UFC.
I'm fine with them letting Hendo go. He lost to Jake Shields in his last fight. Inexcusable. I don't think he would be a challenge for the best in the UFC. I'm also a little drunk, so I may be exaggerating my point a bit.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Thats just so blatantly dumb that its not funny. Hendo had no where to go in the UFC being the sonnen is 185lbs and the 205lbs division is a cluster fuck of guys just waiting for a title shot. I think the UFC made the right call considering how much he was asking for. He's better off in Strikeforce not to mention that maybe he'll get to fight King Mo next or some random 205lb can.
RwilsonR- March 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm
@ GB - don't get me wrong, I'd hit that. Just kind of 'meh' about watching her fight.
ghostboner- March 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm
Jake Shields is so boring... If Gus Johnson was doing play by play for his fight people would still complain about the fight.
Jersey Shua- March 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm
@akilleez .. beat me to the punch there...Clearly Henderson's 3rd fight in Strikeforce
ghostboner- March 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm
@RWR - I just realized I called you RWR, which kind of makes you FBF's little bro or evil twin or malignant humanoid tumor of abnormal size or something. Ya the bitches failed to prove much except that lame ass wrestlefests are not limited to dudes, so you still right about WMMA. But it was all that bitch scalamouche's fault and Marloes is still awesome and I am still in love with her.
akilleez- March 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm
>The fact that this is his second title shot in his second Strikeforce fight is a pretty good indicator that they wanted him to hold one of their belts.

Are we forgetting about Henderson vs Babalu?
Waxedpants- March 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm
love you turd
ghostboner- March 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm
Marloes wins!!! That's my girl!!! Well normally I shit on Strikeforce but that was a pretty damn good card and their music is way better than bring the pain. Without Gus the commentary was almost up to sub-par. Just need to can Shamrock and they'd be doing good. Mad props to Hendo!
Waxedpants- March 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm
@turd -- why the fuck are you saying you " don't have showtime " then

that's just weird man
whitey- March 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm
that would just be weird if you worked in a busy kitchen on the ms gulf coast like me
Waxedpants- March 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm
Love to know the facts behind him leaving the ufc --- it;s obviously more then we were told .
Turd Furgeson- March 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I'm on my mobile device.
Waxedpants- March 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm
if you couldn't find this as a free stream then ............................................................................................