The ageless Dan Henderson added yet another chapter to his mixed martial arts legend on Saturday night when he ascended to the Strikeforce light heavyweight throne.
By knocking out former champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante less than a minute into the third round, Hendo became the organization's reigning champ at 205 pounds and added to an already long list of accolades.
Which can only mean one thing, right?
It's only a matter of time before Dangerous Dan is back in the Ultimate Fighting Championship!
Sarcasm aside, in the modern world of mixed martial arts, there is the UFC and there is everything else.
Critics of the organization and its outspoken president, Dana White, don't like to hear or admit this, but it's true despite their voluminous insistence to the contrary. With all due respect to the emerging second fiddle played in concert by Scott Coker and Strikeforce, it is a UFC rival in much the same way as the Boston Red Sox are the New York Yankees' rival.
There is periodic verbal sparring and the media indulges the fantasy because it makes for good ink or bytes, but the tale of the tape is remarkably one-sided at the moment. For those uneducated in the way of the diamond, the UFC would be wearing pinstripes on this side of the analogy.
Consequently, there is a lingering air of suspicion hanging over San Jose that any fighter who makes it big in Strikeforce will eventually pull up stakes and head to the greener pastures ironically headquartered in the desert of Las Vegas.
And a closer look reveals the paranoia is not without foundation.