Former multi-divisional champion Dan Henderson has been fairly quiet since his upset loss to Jake Shields this past April. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker broke the silence on the Hendo front when he revealed the veteran was done competing in the middleweight division.
“Dan Henderson has let us know that he’s going to move up to 205 and he doesn’t feel comfortable fighting at 185 anymore,” Coker told Sherdog.com. “The weight cut was too much for him last time and he said that it felt like it affected his performance.”
Unfortunately for the soon-to-be 40-year-old, the decision to focus squarely on the light heavyweight class came one scrap too late. After stunning Shields in the opening stanza, the ground guru rallied and dominated Henderson for an easy unanimous decision victory.
Now that Henderson has slammed the middleweight door shut, let’s see what may be in store behind door number two.
“Hendo fighting [Renato “Babalu” Sobral] or [Gegard Mousasi] is a fight you’ll see before the end of the year,” Coker stated. “The winner of that fight will probably fight the winner of the [Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante] fight.”
King Mo will defend his crown against the talented Brazilian at “Strikeforce: Houston” next month. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Tim Kennedy will also be vying for the recently vacated middleweight belt that same evening. However, it appears Hendo is no longer interested in the latter.
Coker did not mention when he expected the living legend to return to the cage.