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Strikeforce results recap from last night for 'Feijao vs Henderson'


The Strikeforce: "Feijao vs. Henderson" Showtime telecast from the Nationwide Arena on March 5 in Columbus, Ohio, has officially come to a close.

So too, has the short-lived championship reign of Rafael Cavalcante.

That's because Dan Henderson, who made a career out of dropping the "H-bomb," tagged the muscular Brazilian late in the third stanza, sending him crashing face-first to the mat with "Hendo" in pursuit.

And you can ask Michael Bisping or Wanderlei Silva what happens to you when "Dangerous" Dan knocks you down.

The fight was not without its share of drama as the former champion sent "Hollywood" fans into a panic, plopping Henderson on his kiester after landing clean on the ex-Olympian's cranium.

Henderson instinctively went for a takedown and shook off the cobwebs to keep the party going. The rest is history.

Your new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion is Dan Henderson. But who is the number one contender? Winner of "Mousasi vs. Kyle?" Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal? Bueller?

Time will tell.

Also putting a belt up for grabs was the first lady of mixed martial arts, Marloes Coenen, as she defended her 135-pound strap against late replacement Liz Carmouche.

And the "Girl-Rilla" smashed her like a rotten banana.

Coenen survived three rounds of domestic abuse to come back and execute a miraculous fight-ending triangle choke in round four with a gusty win that was reminiscent of Anderson Silva's victory over Chael Sonnen back at UFC 117 last August.

Carmouche may have let the belt slip away, but she definitely put the rest of the division on notice. And keep in mind she's only been fighting for a little over a year.

Like the champ remarked in her post-fight comments, the young phenom is likely to be a future title holder somewhere down the road.

Tim Kennedy promised fans he was going to beat Dutch kickboxing sensation Melvin Manhoef at his own game. Specifically, the striking department. The soft-spoken super soldier predicted a "Marvelous" knockout in round one but quickly abandoned that strategy at the opening bell.

Smart move.

"No Mercy" showed flashes of his trademark style, dropping Kennedy with a bone-crunching leg kick that had the United States Army Ranger scrambling for a takedown to escape the punishing strikes from his middleweight foe.

From there it was academic.

Manhoef, as usual, had no answer on the ground (despite showing improved takedown defense earlier in the round) and just couldn't muscle his way out of danger. Kennedy softened him up with some artillery from mount before strangling his way to a rear naked choke victory.

Are fans ready for a "Jacare" rematch? Or too soon?

Lightweights Jorge Masvidal and Billy Evangelista opened the Showtime network telecast with three rounds of action (and I use that term loosely) that saw "Gamebred" run away with the unanimous decision.

Evangelista, who saw his undefeated record come to an end in Columbus, just couldn't match his quicker opponent in the stand-up department and failed to land enough takedowns to make it competitive.

It was a fairly tepid bout that had the Nationwide boo-birds making themselves heard and while Masvidal gets the win, he did little to raise his stock in the promotion's already anemic 155-pound division.

That's a wrap from the "Buckeye State," Maniacs. Now it's time to share your thoughts on everything that went down tonight inside the cage.

Best and worst of tonight's action?

For complete Strikeforce: "Feijao vs. Henderson" results and play-by-play coverage of the televised main card click here.

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