Rafael Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson Title Fight set for MarchPosted on January 30, 2011, 03:57 PM by Joey Santosus
The title fight between Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and veteran Dan Henderson has been made official. The match-up will likely serve as headliner for the promotion's Strikeforce: Columbus event, which is scheduled for March 5th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
While still unofficial, the card is also expected to feature women's Welterweight Champion Marloes Coenen making her first title defense against Meisha Tate, as well as a Lightweight clash between Billy Evangelista and Jorge Masvidal.
Following a disappointing loss to Mike Kyle in his promotional debut, Cavalcante rebounded with three straight wins. After his dramatic first round knockout victory over Antwain Britt, "Feijao" was granted a title shot against Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, who the Brazilian dispatched of via TKO early in the third round. Cavalcante will look to continue building momentum as he faces his toughest test to date in the former Pride Fighting Champion.
Henderson, who suffered his own debut defeat at the hands of then Middleweight Champion Jake Shields, followed up with an impressive outing at 205 pounds, knocking out fellow veteran Renato "Babalu" Sobral less than two minutes into the opening round. Now committed to what he considers to be a more suitable weight class, Henderson will make his second attempt at obtaining Strikeforce gold.