Rafael “Feijao’’ Cavalcante Defends Light Heavyweight Title
Against Superstar Dan Henderson At Strikeforce In
Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, March 5, Live On Showtime®
Tickets Pre-Sale Begins Tomorrow/Tuesday
For World Championship Doubleheader at Nationwide Arena
Marloes Coenen Defends Against Miesha Tate, Tim Kennedy Faces Luke Rockhold,
Unbeaten Billy Evangelista Meets Jorge Masvidal;
Event to be Held in Conjunction With Arnold Sports Festival
March 5, 2011
NEW YORK (Jan. 31, 2011) – Dan Henderson is one of the most recognizable and popular fighters in the
world. He is the only fighter in the history of Mixed Martial Arts to simultaneously hold two world titles in two
different weight classes with a major MMA promotion.
In an illustrious career, the legendary 40-year-old Henderson has won a total of four MMA world
championships and fought and defeated a host of all-time greats, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira,
Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort. Before turning pro, Henderson was a two-time United States Olympic
Games wrestler. There isn’t a lot that he hasn’t accomplished.
On Saturday, March 5, Henderson (26-8), of Temecula, Calif., will attempt to add another belt to his
wardrobe when he challenges defending champion Rafael “Feijao’’ Cavalcante (10-2) of Brazil for the
STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Championship at Nationwide Arena in Columbus,
Ohio, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
In the opening half of a STRIKEFORCE World Championship doubleheader, Marloes “Rumina’’ Coenen
(18-4) of the Netherlands will risk her lightweight title for a first time against No. 1 135-pound contender,
Miesha “Takedown’’ Tate (11-2), of Tacoma, Wash.
American military hero Tim Kennedy (12-3) of Fort Bragg, N.C., will be opposed by Luke Rockhold (7-1)
at middleweight (185 pounds) and undefeated Billy Evangelista (11-0) of Fresno, Calif., will take on Jorge
Masvidal (20-6) of Miami, Fla., at lightweight (155 pounds) in other televised bouts on SHOWTIME.
The event, STRIKEFORCE’s first in the state of Ohio, will take place in conjunction with The Arnold Sports
Festival, the nation’s largest health and fitness exposition founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
A special ticket pre-sale for “STRIKEFORCE Insiders,” begins tomorrow/Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. CT and
ends Thursday at 10 p.m. Fans can sign up to become an “Insider” at STRIKEFORCE.com
Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, Feb. 4 at the Nationwide Arena ticket office, online at
Ticketmaster.com and Strikeforce.com and Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000.
It will be the hard-hitting 6-foot-1 Henderson’s third start for STRIKEFORCE since he left the UFC on a
three-fight winning streak to sign with the San Jose, Calif.-based promotion in December 2009.
Henderson secured the title shot in devastating fashion, destroying Brazilian Renato “Babalu” Sobral by
1:53, first-round knockout (punches) last Dec. 4 in St. Louis. It was the STRIKEFORCE 205-pound debut
for Henderson, a former two-division PRIDE Fighting Championships belt-holder who will become the only
fighter to compete for titles in STRIKEFORCE, PRIDE and UFC.
For Cavalcante, a powerful 6-foot, 30-year-old Brazilian referred to simply as “Feijao,” it will be his first
defense of the 205-pound crown he captured with a third-round upset TKO (elbows) over previously
undefeated “King Mo’’ Lawal last Aug. 21 in Houston.
The talented Feijao will enter the scheduled five-round match at the peak of his game. He has won three in
a row and six out of his last seven. Feijao has never gone the distance as a pro and the furthest one of his
bouts has gone came against King Mo.
Feijao has never been in with anybody who hits like Henderson, but the Brazilian fighter has been highly-
touted as one of the next great superstars of the sport. With his fearsome submission capabilities and
vastly improved kicking and punching, Feijao could indeed be something special -- especially if he passes
the class test against Hendo.
“Everybody knows about Dan Henderson and what he can do and how hard he hits,’’ said Feijao, a native of
Ilha Solteira in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who trains out of the famed Black House camp with, among
others, the aforementioned Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Antonio Nogueira.
“This is going to be a very exciting fight. I worked very hard to get back to where I could fight for the title.
Now that I have won it, I’ve been working even harder to keep it.’’
While fighting for PRIDE, Henderson was both the welterweight (185 pounds) and light heavyweight (205
pounds) champion. In his debut for STRIKEFORCE, at 185 pounds, the aggressive-minded veteran nearly
knocked out Jake Shields during a dominant first round on April 17, 2010, in Nashville, before losing a
“I want to thank STRIKEFORCE for this opportunity to fight for the title,’’ said Henderson, a winner in four of
his last five. “That last fight got me back on track. I’ll be ready for anything, but mostly I’m expecting a flat-
Coenen, a product of Holland’s Golden Glory team, captured the STRIKEFORCE crown with an impressive
third-round submission (armbar) over defending belt-holder Sarah Kaufman on Oct. 9, 2010. A strikingly
attractive submission whiz, the talented, 5-foot-9, 29-year-old ousted Kaufman one fight after giving
STRIKEFORCE 145-pound champ, the naturally bigger Cris Cyborg one of her toughest fights.
Tate, a winner of five in a row and 10 out of 11, earned her first five-round fight by winning twice during a
single-night elimination tournament on STRIKEFORCE Challengers on Aug. 13, 2010, in Phoenix, Ariz.,
The 5-foot-6, 24-year-old outpointed Maiju Kujala and then Hitomi Akano to take the tourney and ascend
to the top spot. It will be Tate’s fifth bout on SHOWTIME and her sixth start for STRIKEFORCE.
Kennedy is an American military hero who’s toured the Middle East multiple times, and earned the Army's
Bronze Medal Star medal for valor under fire. This will be the 5-foot-11, 31-year olds fifth start for
STRIKEFORCE and his first since losing a close, hard-fought decision to “Jacare” Souza in a fight for the
then-vacant STRIKEFORCE middleweight title last Aug. 21 on SHOWTIME. The disputed defeat ended a
four-fight winning streak for Kennedy, who has split two fights against Jason “Mayhem’’ Miller.
The up-and-coming Rockhold is taking a step up in class, but the 6-foot-3, 26-year-old has won six in a row,
all in the first round, including three straight on STRIKEFORCE Challengers. In his last start, he registered
a 2:24 TKO over Paul Bradley on Feb. 26, 2010. A rising star in STRIKEFORCE’S talent-laden 185-pound
division, Rockhold was scheduled to fight last Oct. 9, but withdrew after injuring a shoulder in training.
Like Tate and Rockhold, Evangelista is a veteran of the STRIKEFORCE Challengers series who is making
his Saturday debut for STRIKEFORCE on SHOWTIME. In his last outing and first fight in nearly a year, the
5-foot-8, 29-year-old May Thai specialist won a unanimous decision over hard-trying Walachia Spiritwolf in
an extremely spirited affair last Oct. 22. That fight was contested at a catch weight of 165 pounds;
Evangelista will be competing at his natural weight of 155 for this one.
Masvidal is an experienced seven-year pro who has been matched with some good ones across his career.
In his last outing, he went the distance with world-ranked Paul “Semtex” Daley before losing a decision on
Sept. 10, 2010. The 5-foot-10, 26-year-old member of America Top Team is unbeaten in his two fights for
STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on
Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed
martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary
champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion,
played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has
been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a
leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA)
series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of
STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000
to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose. In March
2009, STRIKEFORCE signed a multi-year agreement with SHOWTIME® to stage live events on the
premium cable television network. The promotion has since also produced two live, primetime events on the
CBS Television Network.
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