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Strikeforce – Dan Henderson Vs. Feijao Play By Play


The actual match card for this show is pretty underwhelming. Once Meisha Tate had to pull out of her woman’s title match with Marloes Coenen, it left the show without a true semi-main event even though Liz Carmouche took the call, and it’s not like that one was selling many tickets with the original match-up. The card is banking on Dan Henderson and how much he means to MMA today.

I will admit that when my expectations are low, I am usually surprised. I hope that’s the case here.

1. Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Masvidal

Masvidal utilized his left jab to pretty much hit Evangelista at will. He’s using his reach advantage and straight up stance to hit the smaller Evangelista. And when they clinch, he’s able to utilize his knees. Evangelista got a takedown and tried to rough him up against the cage, but lost the round.

Masvidal is pretty confident and maybe too confident. After winning the round, he started to run a bit and also started showboating. He landed the best shot, which was a lead straight right thrown at the same time that Evangelista threw a leg kick.

Masvidal is right out of reach for Evangelista. He’s going to win the decision. He was able to hit Evangelista when he wanted to, though he stayed away for the most part. Evangelista flurried at the end, but it was too little too late. The crowd was pretty unhappy with the lack of action in the third round.

Winner: Jorge Masvidal by way of unanimous decision

2. Melvin Manhoef vs. Tim Kennedy

Manhoef stuffed a couple of takedowns and landed a nasty leg kick. But it wasn’t too long before he was on his back and choked out. Fairly easy win for Kennedy.

Winner: Tim Kennedy by way of 1st round submission

3. Liz Carmouche vs. Marloes Coenen

The first round was hard to score, but I’d probably give it to Coenen for crisper striking. Then again, she’s the one who had a shiner underneath her right eye when the round was over.

Coenen had a standing guillotine in, but Carmouche got out of it and ended on top. She got the mount and started reigning down punch after punch and the referee let it go until the end of the round. Coenen was covering up and not defending her, but I think many of the shots didn’t land. Good round for Carmouche.

Carmouche might win this fight. She got a takedown and then the mount again and started throwing shots from the top. Rather than try and fight back, Coenen decided to cover up. Coenen seems like she’s saving something for the championship rounds.

Well, the veteran sucked in the rookie. Coenen was on her back again, but this time, she sucked her into a triangle and tapped her out. That was pretty fun.

Winner: Marloes Coenen by way of 4th round submission

4. Dan Henderson vs. Rafael Feijao

Feijao struck first with a right hand that knocked Henderson on his butt. But Henderson got up and powered him to the ground with a takedown. Henderson played the clinch game against the fence late in the round.

Henderson was impressive with two strong man takedowns. The round was pretty much a grappling match and Henderson won with takedowns.

Henderson threw a right hand that looked to graze Feijao, but he went down and Henderson followed up with punches to finish him. Feijao fell awkwardly and face planted on the mat, which may have also helped put him out.

Winner: Dan Henderson by way of 3rd round TKO

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2 thoughts on “Strikeforce – Dan Henderson Vs. Feijao Play By Play

  1. Poor Melvin, I think he’s done. He can’t buy a win these days which is a shame because he’s possibly the most exciting fighter in all of MMA.

    Anyone else get an impending sense of doom for Mr. Feijao in that third round? There was something in the way he was carrying himself which just said fucked.. As soon as it started, I was thinking this lad is about to get knocked senseless.

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