After a meaningful night of fights in Ohio at Strikeforce: Feijao Vs Henderson, what’s next for the event’s main card winners?
After seizing the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title, Henderson is expecting to make his first title defense in either June or July.
With that being the case a likely opponent is former champion Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal who stated recently that he will fight for the promotion in June.
The other big candidate would be another former 205lb champ Gegard Mousasi, who’s scheduled to face Mike Kyle in April. If he emerges victorious and unscathed in that fight then that’s the fight I’d most like to see.
After her first successful title defense, Coenen’s next opponent is almost certain to be Meisha Tate who she had originally been expected to face last night before a knee injury forced her to pull out.
Interestingly there seems to be a little bit of a rivalry developing between the two, with Coenen questioning earlier this week whether Tate really was injured, something that Tate has not taken kindly too.
Bad blood between female fighters is fairly rare, so Strikeforce will surely be happy to capitalize on it.
After a quick and easy night’s work Kennedy hopes to be back in action sooner rather than later.
He’s also saved us the trouble of matching him up with a suitable opponent. Post-fight he was calling for a fight with Robbie Lawler, and that sounds about right to me.
The Strikeforce commentary team were a little critical of Masvidal’s performance, but personally I enjoyed how he picked apart the unbeaten Billy Evangelista, and I think that shows he’s ready to take a big step up the ladder.
To my mind a fight with KJ Noons, the two best boxers in Strikeforce’s lightweight roster, would be a highly entertaining fight and would establish a new No.1 contenders for current champ Gilbert Melendez later in the year.