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“I’m Going to Kick His Butt” — Exclusive Interview With Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal Paul Daley Shark Fights 13
(‘Gamebred’ takes it to Paul Daley at Shark Fights 13.)

By Ryan Ventura,

Jorge Masvidal is a true veteran in the world of Mixed Martial Arts at only the age of 26. The Miami, Florida native was first seen fighting in the streets, even appearing in a video that saw him fight Kimbo Slice’s protégé at the time. In 2003 he had his first professional MMA fight and even ventured into the world of pro boxing with one fight in 2005.

In his eight-year career, he has beaten the likes of Joe Lauzon, Keith Wisniewski, Yves Edwards, and former Sengoku Champion Satoru Kitaoka. He has fought all over the world, in promotions like the now defunct BodogFIGHT, a previous stint in Strikeforce, Bellator, and Sengoku. “Gamebred” has been re-signed by Strikeforce and is making his return to the six-sided cage against undefeated lightweight contender Billy Evangelista at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson. Jorge took some time off his preparation to speak to about his fight this Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio.



Your Saturday Plans — Bellator 35 and Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson

Dan Henderson Rafael Feijao Cavalcante

Yesterday’s UFC on Versus 3 event was just the prelude to a stacked weekend of fights. This Saturday, Bellator’s 4th season kicks off at Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, CA, featuring all four welterweight quarterfinals and the return of Zoila Frausto in a non-title bout against Karina Hallinan. The main card will be broadcast live on MTV2 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.

That show should lead-in nicely to Strikeforce’s “Feijao vs. Henderson” card in Columbus, which features the light-heavyweight title fight between Rafael Cavalcante and Dan Henderson, the women’s 135-pound title fight between Marloes Coenen and Liz Carmouche, and a middleweight scrap between Tim Kennedy and Melvin Manhoef. We’ll be liveblogging the main card, which kicks off on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET. As for Bellator, maybe ReX13 will grace us with his presence and do a recap piece on Sunday. Maybe. No promises. You might have to say his name three times in a mirror first.


Dan Henderson: The CagePotato Retrospective Interview

Dan Henderson Wanderlei Silva PRIDE
(Knocking out Wanderlei Silva at PRIDE 33 was “definitely a much bigger accomplishment than anything else I’ve done.” / Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

With 14 years of battles under his belt, Dan Henderson has bridged the gap between the old-school and the new-school. He started competing in 1997 — long before “Zuffa” and “the Unified Rules” entered the MMA lexicon — and his first four appearances were in single-night tournaments, where he was often pitted against seasoned fighters with years of experience. (Luckily, Henderson had his Olympic-caliber wrestling background to fall back on, and went 9-0 in those tournaments.)

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Henderson evolved with the sport, and has managed to remain one of the world’s top fighters. Coming off a first-round knockout of Renato Sobral in December, Henderson returns to the cage this Saturday in the main event of Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson, where he’ll be challenging Rafael Cavalcante for the promotion’s light-heavyweight belt. We caught up with Dan to get some war stories about his long career and his thoughts on what lies ahead…

Becoming ‘Hendo’: The Brazil Open ’97 (6/15/97)
def. Crezio de Souza via TKO, 5:25
def. Eric Smith via technical submission (guillotine choke), 0:30


Tim Kennedy’s Opponent Switched Again, Will Now Face Melvin Manhoef in Columbus

(Melvin Manhoef highlight reel, via StillW1ll)

After his decision loss to Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in August, Strikeforce middleweight contender Tim Kennedy has had quite an adventure finding his next opponent. First, everybody in the world was ducking him. Then, he was slated to have a tie-breaker match with Jason "Mayhem" Miller. Then, Strikeforce decided to nix that idea and put Kennedy up against exciting prospect Luke Rockhold, who has been inactive for a year due to a shoulder injury. Well, that’s off now too. Due to a reported leg injury suffered in training, Rockhold has been forced to withdraw from his meeting with Kennedy at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson (March 5th; Columbus, OH). Replacing him? None other than balls-to-the-wall striker Melvin Manhoef.

Manhoef has one of the most impressive finishing percentages in MMA, with 23 of his 24 career victories coming by way of KO/TKO. However, he’s lost four of his last six fights — three by way of submission, and one by Hail Mary KO at the hands of Robbie Lawler. Manhoef last competed at Dream.15 in July, when he lost to Tatsuya Mizuno by kimura. Kennedy’s keys to victory are very simple: Slow the pace down, check (or dodge) Melvin’s brutal leg kicks, and get the fight to the ground as soon as possible. Let’s hope this is the last opponent swap for Kennedy, because we’re actually kind of psyched to see this one go down.