Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dan Henderson Claims Fifth Title; Makes MMA History

Despite a slow start in the Strikeforce© organization Dan Henderson has once again found his rhythm.  Coming off a decision loss to Jake Shields in his Strikeforce debut; Hendo returned to his usual form and knocked out the Brazilian, Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral in the first round of their December bout. This stellar win put him in top contention for the Light Heavyweight Belt. A title shot against the newly crowned Light Heavyweight Champ Rafael "Feij√£o" Cavalcante was inevitable.

The opening rounds were deadlocked, with Cavalcante finding slightly more success in the first round and Dan carving out a slim lead in the second.  The third round however, was a different story, Henderson built on the momentum he had gained in the second round, at just under a minute he landed a blistering right hand that sent Cavalcante to the mat. Although for a moment it seemed he might recover, Henderson launched a flurry of strikes against the downed Brazilian giving him no time to breathe. The referee stopped the bout and declared Dan the winner via TKO at 0:50 of the third round.

This was a significant milestone for Dan Henderson, not only is it his fifth World Mixed Martial Arts Title, it also makes him the only fighter to hold two World Titles, in two different weight classes with a major promotion simultaneously. Perhaps as remarkable is the fact that it makes him one of only two fighters in history to win a World Championship in Mixed Martial Arts after the age of 40.  The always humble Hendo had this to say, “leading up to this fight there was a lot of talk about fighting for the title but I didn’t give it much thought, but now that I have it, it is really nice.’’