Dan “Hendo” Henderson faced Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the Strikeforce main event on Saturday December 4. It was the second time the two fighters met. Back in 2000, Henderson defeated Sobral in a two-round majority decision.
Henderson did not let this one go to the judges’ cards, knocking Sobral out at the 1:53 mark of the first round.
Sobral was unable to avoid Henderson’s right hand and he fell under a barrage of heavy punches.
The fight will assuredly impact the SB Nation/USA Today rankings in the light heavyweight division. Prior to the fight, Henderson was ranked at 18, while Sobral was listed as No. 17.
The three other Strikeforce fighters ranked higher than Henderson are Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Gegard Mousasi and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.
The next logical step for Henderson, who has two fights remaining on his Strikeforce contract, is to fight on of the three higher rated light heavyweights.
Henderson has a “name” in the world of mixed martial arts and is known throughout the world due to his past fights in the UFC and his championship titles with PRIDE, not to mention his highlight real knockout of Michael Bisping.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said that the winner of the Henderson vs. Sobral fight would be considered for the next shot at Cavalcante and there is no reason that the fight should not take place in the near future.
Cavalcante last fought in August and Henderson should not get a lengthy medical suspension after Saturday nights fight so the title shot could happen, in theory, fairly early in 2011.
Henderson was happy with his victory over Sobral, which improved his record to 26-8. The 40-year-old fighter had the following to say after the fight: "A lot of people thought I was done in this sport. I'm a long way from done. I'll be here for a long time."