Former PRIDE FC champion Dan Henderson has done more fighting outside of the cage than inside of the cage over the last eight months. Following his devastating knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100 last July, “Hendo” engaged in a negotiation war for his services with the UFC and Strikeforce. And regardless of whom everyone thinks came out on top in that battle, the fact of the matter is that Henderson is now a competitor under the Strikeforce banner.
His first fight with the promotion will come against Jake Shields in a bout for the Strikeforce middleweight championship on April 17, (or April 24 depending on what the UFC has to say about it).
In a video interview for Strikeforce MMA, Dan talked about his preparation for the Shields fight.
“It’s been since July since I fought. I’ve been training here and there, but not steadily, so I’m just making sure I’ll be in great shape for this fight. That’s my focus right now and then the next couple weeks we’ll start formulating a game plan.”
The MMA community as a whole is well aware of Jake Shields’s game and what he feels comfortable in doing. Henderson himself noted that he’ll be ready for anything Jake throws at him.
“Jake Shields is known to just take guys down, trying to submit them or beat them by controlling them, so I need to work on avoiding that.”
And while most people give the edge to Henderson in this fight, Dan says he won’t make the mistake of underestimating his opponent.
“He’s dangerous. I don’t want to overlook anybody. I’m gonna prepare like I would for anybody else who’s the champ in their weight class.”
Dan Henderson and Jake Shields are set to compete in the main event of Strikeforce’s return to CBS on April 17, or 24, from Nashville, TN.