After months of speculation, it’s now confirmed that former UFC middleweight and two-time United States Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson has signed a four-fight contract with Strikeforce.
“I’m very happy to be a part of Strikeforce and their partnership with CBS and Showtime,” said the 39-year-old Henderson, who represented The United States in Greco-Roman wrestling in both the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.
“Strikeforce and its growing roster of world class talent will offer me many exciting fights and has the ability to bring many new fans from all around the world to mixed martial arts. I am grateful to (Strikeforce Founder and CEO) Scott Coker for the opportunity to help make this happen and for treating me with the utmost respect throughout our negotiations. I’d also like to thank Dana (White) and the UFC for the opportunities they provided me and I wish them ongoing success. I’ll continue to watch their events and I hope they’ll tune in to my fights in Strikeforce. After all, I’m a true fan of our fantastic sport and would love only to see MMA continue to grow.”
Henderson, who last fought at UFC 100 last July defeating Michael Bisping via a devastating knockout in the second round, may fight his first fight with the promotion in April 2010. Possible opponents for Henderson include Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields or light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. A bout against top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko may also be in the works.
“We are excited to welcome Dan Henderson to Strikeforce,” said Coker. “Dan is one of the world’s premiere fighters who has lived out an extraordinary career. We are looking forward to having him compete for us.”