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Strikeforce announces March 5 event in Columbus, Ohio

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After much speculation and with the event happening in just more than a month, Strikeforce officially announced its March 5 event, which will emanate from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The show will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title bout between Rafael Cavalcante and Dan Henderson and a women's welterweight championship fight between Marloes Coenen and Miesha Tate.

The show, like Zuffa shows the past four years, will be held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival.

NEW YORK (Jan. 31, 2011) - Dan Henderson is one of the most recognizable and popular fighters in the world. He is the only fighter in the history of Mixed Martial Arts to simultaneously hold two world titles in two different weight classes with a major MMA promotion.

In an illustrious career, the legendary 40-year-old Henderson has won a total of four MMA world championships and fought and defeated a host of all-time greats, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort. Before turning pro, Henderson was a two-time United States Olympic Games wrestler. There isn't a lot that he hasn't accomplished.

On Saturday, March 5, Henderson (26-8), of Temecula, Calif., will attempt to add another belt to his wardrobe when he challenges defending champion Rafael "Feijao'' Cavalcante (10-2) of Brazil for the STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Championship at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

In the opening half of a STRIKEFORCE World Championship Doubleheader, Marloes "Rumina'' Coenen (18-4) of the Netherlands will risk her lightweight title for a first time against No. 1 135-pound contender, Miesha "Takedown'' Tate (11-2), of Tacoma, Wash.

Tickets for the event go on pre-sale starting tomorrow and are available to the public starting Friday.

Strikeforce: Columbus
March 5, 2011
Nationwide Arena

Light-Heavyweight Championship: Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante vs. Dan Henderson
Women's Welterweight Championship: Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate
Tim Kennedy vs. Luke Rockhold
Billy Evangelista vs. Jorge Masvidal