Henderon vs. Shields close to being finalized?

by Jason Benfari | source: fiveknuckles.com

Newly signed Strikeforce superstar Dan Henderson is in "end stage" negotiations to face Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields at the organizations next CBS event in April.

FiveKnuckles.com learned of the impending match-up from sources close to the organization, and though bout agreements have yet to be signed, the fight is in the process of being finalized according to multiple official sources.

Henderson (25-7) is coming off of three-straight wins over Rousimar Palhares, Rich Franklin, and Michael Bisping, respectively, to close out his recent UFC stint. He leaves the organization as one of its top middleweight contenders and gave champion Anderson Silva one of his biggest challenges when the two met at UFC 82 back in March of 2008.

A true legend of the sport, Henderson is the only fighter to simultaneously hold two titles in two separate weight classes for a major organization (Pride). After Pride's demise, he was picked up by the UFC where he battled UFC champions Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (light-heavyweight) and Anderson Silva (middleweight) to two straight losses before rebounding, as mentioned, to win his next three outings.

He'll jump right into the fire with Strikeforce against Shields for the organizations' middleweight championship title.

Shields (24-4-1) hasn't lost a fight in over five years, producing 13-straight wins over that span. The Cesar Gracie product was forced to move up to middleweight from welterweight due to a lack of quality competition and was tossed directly into the fray against top-5 middleweight Robbie Lawler in his middleweight debut in June of this year.

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Steamfitter site profile image  

12/20/09 2:54 PM by Steamfitter

Henderson is going to get choked out if he tries to grapple with Shields. Jake has the most active hips of any fighter in mma. Henderson cannot hand Jake's hip movement.

louden swain site profile image  

12/18/09 6:06 PM by louden swain

Jake is not going to sub Dan...there isn't one area in this fight that jake has an adv...

Gullivers Travels site profile image  

12/18/09 5:50 PM by Gullivers Travels

I really want Dan to win buy I hope he doesn't get too complacent with how favored he is to win. If he gets overly confident and sloppy he'll get caught in a sub.

joemama site profile image  

12/18/09 5:25 PM by joemama

this is a retarded ass fightonly the pride dick suckers are chanting for this mis match

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12/18/09 5:19 PM by louden swain

Come on.. Dan will run over Jake...He's way too strong, very hard for Jake to take him down, and that iron chin will allow Dan to throw HUGE bombs on jake's chin...Dan by nasty KO... jake will get Bisping'd

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12/18/09 3:41 PM by mmasam


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12/18/09 2:36 PM by ChathamG


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12/18/09 11:45 AM by orcus

 "am I the only one that has noticed he has lost a step," Yes. Dan is fighting far and away better than he ever has in his career. Starting with probably the Belfort fight, he has *finally* been consistently outwrestling everybody as one woud always have expected him to; he has been beating almost all of his opponents standing and getting huge KOs over Wand and Bisping.

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12/18/09 10:48 AM by hugojkd

I like Shields, but this is gonna be rough for him.Smart move by Strikeforce, on a # of levels:1.) It legitimizes their 185 lb division2.) It sets up the Mousasi fight3.) It has the potential for another Bisping-like highilght4.) If Shields leaves to fight GSP in the UFC, it sends him off with a potential loss.