Hendo Knocks Out Babalu in Rematch at Strikeforce: St. LouisCategory: MMA
At Strikeforce: Nashville, Dan “Hendo” Henderson made his debut in the Strikeforce organization after he signed a four-fight, 16-month deal with Strikeforce on December 5, 2009 when his contract with UFC expired.
Due to his stature as one of the top-ranked middleweight MMA fighters in the world, he is immediately given a shot at the Strikeforce middleweight championship. However, current holder Jake Shields defended it successfully winning via Unanimous Decision.
Moving up in weight to the light-heavyweight division, Henderson is given a title shot against current holder Rafael Cavalcante. But first, he have to hurdle Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the main event of Strikeforce: St. Louis on December 4, 2010 at the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
This is actually a rematch as the two previously fought 10 years ago at the King of Kings 1999 Tournament Final that was won by Henderson.
American Dan Henderson (25 wins, 8 KOs – 8 losses) is a vicious striker who has a strong wrestling background. He is a veteran who holds notable victories over Renzo Gracie, Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Wanderlei Silva to name a few.
He is the only MMA fighter to concurrently hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion; when he became Pride FC middleweight and welterweight champion in 2007.
When Pride was dissolved, he jumped back to the UFC where he is a former middleweight champion and his last fight against Michael “The Count” Bisping gave him the Knockout of the Year 2009 due to the massive bomb he dropped that knocked out Bisping cold in the 2nd round of their bout at UFC 100.
Brazilian Renato Sobral (36 wins, 5 KOs/18 submissions- 8 losses) is a former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. He also previously fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he posted a 6–4 record.
FIGHT RESULT: Henderson defeated Sobral via KO (punches) at 1:53 of round 1!
Here’s the Dan Henderson vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral fight video:
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