Dan Henderson is no stranger to championships or accolades when it comes to his combat sports experience. From representing the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games in Greco-Roman wrestling or to holding two world championships simultaneously in Pride, Henderson has a resume most fighters would love to have. On Saturday, Hendo will look to add another title to his resume as he takes on current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
Henderson earned the title opportunity by defeating former champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral, knocking the Brazilian out in the first round. Nicknamed everything from “Dangerous” to “Hollywood”, Henderson has a dangerous overhand right that could knock out anyone on any given night, and the International wrestling accolades to grapple with the best of the best in wrestling and BJJ.
“I don’t think it’s a big secret both of us are going to be looking for the knockout. We’re both big finishers and most of our finishes have been by strikes. I definitely plan to knock him silly and pressure him the whole time.”
Experience is also a huge factor in the match-up against Feijao. While Feijao has fought some solid fighters in his 5 year pro career, Henderson brings with him a 34 fight over 14 years of experience, while competing in 5 bouts where championships were on the line. Feijao, who won the championship off King Mo Lawal in August of 2010, will be defending his championship for the very first time.
At 40 years, many feel that Hendo’s time might be up, but the Team Quest owner doesn’t feel that’s the case and looks to prove to everyone that even at this age, he’s still one of the elite top fighters in MMA.
“I think the Columbus fans are really going to enjoy this. This definitely keeps me excited about still being able to compete in this sport and challenging myself in what is going to be a very tough opponent.”
Henderson isn’t worried about the championship point, realizing that he has to get the job done first, with the championship just being icing on the cake. While Feijao proved he can defend the takedowns, stuffing King Mo on several different occasions, Henderson feels he is far from a different wrestler then King Mo.
“King Mo and I have very different wrestling styles. He works from the outside, I work from the clinch.”
While Hendo might be on the wrong side of 40, there should be no question that anytime he steps into the cage, fireworks are soon to follow.