Round 1 - Both fighters tentative early. Cavalcante strikes first with a solid low kick. More circling and little action through the first minute. Henderson stalks, but Cavalcante gets another low kick. Henderson gets through a quick combo, but Cavalcante then drops him with a shot of his own. Cavalcante pounces, but Henderson quickly recovers and gets back to his feet and then gets the takedown. Henderson works from full guard, and the pace again slows. The ref calls for action. Henderson looks for ground and pound, but the Brazilian ties him up. Henderson looks for lunging shots that Cavalcante narrowly avoids, and they clinch against the cage. Henderson lands a nice shot to the body. The fighters trade knees, but they tie up, and the pace again slows. The ref calls for a break and restart. It's a close round, but MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Henderson.
Round 2 - Cavalcante lands a right, and they both look for heavy shots. Henderson clinches and pushes the action against the cage. The pace slows again, and the ref wants action. Cavalcante works punches to the ribs but doesn't have much leverage. Henderson looks for a single leg before going high with a punch. Cavalcante looks for the trip takedown, but Henderson masterfully fends it off and gets his own takedown. Henderson lands in half guard. Henderson delivers a couple punches, but Cavalcante grabs a leg and reverses the position to take control of the top. Cavalcante works punches to the body, but Henderson ties him up and avoids most damage. The pro-Henderson fans want a stand-up, and the ref obliges. Cavalcante wings a wild right that misses. Henderson lands a nice low kick and then gets the takedown. He lands in half guard and closes out the round in top position. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Henderson.
Round 3 - Henderson moves forward and lands a solid right before clinching and eventually breaking off. They reset in the center, and Henderson partially connects on a right. He then tackles Cavalcante to the mat and unloads a quick barrage of blows to force the TKO stoppage. The crowd is ecstatic. Dan Henderson def. champ Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante via TKO (strikes) - Round 3, 0:50 (becomes new Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion)