The main event of Strikeforce St.Louis this evening saw Dan Henderson and Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral battling it out for the second time in their careers, albeit with a 10 year gap in-between.
In their first fight all those years ago the two men had gone the distance, but that wasn’t too be the case this time round as Henderson caught Sobral with his powerful right hand early in the first round, clearly hurting the Brazilian.
Henderson quickly capitalized, taking the fight to the ground and then dropping big bombs on his opponent, landing cleanly twice to the chin before further blows appeared to switch out Sobral’s lights, forcing referee John McCarthy to end the bout with just 1.53mins on the clock.
Afterwards Henderson said his body felt, “better than it had in a long time,” and admitted that he was a little surprised at how quickly the fight had ended, but that basically it had gone according to plan.
With an impressive victory under his belt at 205lbs Henderson may well now become the first challenger to current light-heavyweight champion Rafael Feijao’s title at some stage next year.
As for Sobral, this is the second time in three fights that he’s been KO’d in the opening minutes of a fight. Both those bouts occurred at 205lbs, and perhaps is an indication he should be looking to ply his trade at middleweight from now on.