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Another action packed night of MMA took place last night courtesy of Strikeforce, as the "Feijao vs. Henderson" card did not disappoint.  A video recap of the entertaining show is posted after the fold.

With the light-heavyweight belt on the line, the main event between Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and Dan Henderson was a back and forth war.  Feijao staggered Henderson in the first round with an overhand right, but the wily veteran hit a takedown and slowed the action wisely in order to recuperate.  It was Henderson's now trademarked "H-bomb" that turned Cavalcante's lights out in the third, adding another belt to Henderson's collection.

Liz Carmouche impressed after taking the fight on short notice against women's welterweight champ Marloes Coenen.  Carmouche endured a guillotine attempt from the Golden Glory fighter to assume a dominant top-position and rain down strikes, and more than held her own until Coenen latched a slick triangle for a fourth round victory.  Devastating striker Melvin Manhoef faced the gritty Tim Kennedy, and showed improved takedown defense to enable a crippling leg kick.  The persistence of Kennedy persevered, as the burly wrestler eventually secured a takedown that lead to the mata leao, forcing a first round tapout.

To kick off the evening, Jorge Masvidal's boxing looked more graceful than ever.  He stung from a distance with a long jab, planted silky counters, and proved too strong for Billy Evangelista in the clinch.  Masvidal took control early and seemed to toy with Evangelista, skating to a unanimous decision that showed he's ready for Strikeforce's elite level lightweights.

On the undercard, Roger Bowling bounced back from his first career loss with a decision victory over Josh Thornburg, and Jorge Gurgel put his black belt to work with a first round guillotine over Billy Vaughan.  Rising prospect Brian "The Predator" Rogers took another step toward the spotlight by once again crushing his opponent, Ian Rammel, with a quick TKO.  Jay Freeman, Mike Whitesel, and John Kuhner also notched wins on the preliminary portion of the card.

 

 

Video from the ShoSports Youtube page via 5thRound.com.

 

 

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