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The Strikeforce organization has just made another power-play by acquiring multi-divisional Pride champion and UFC contender Dan Henderson, according to Loretta Hunt on Sherdog.

Henderson is another perfect choice for Strikeforce, as he joins other premiere fighters who are strong enough to anchor a single division but have the capability to fight in several, such as Nick Diaz, Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal, and Jake Shields.  Henderson already has his sights set on Jake Shields (middleweight champ), Gegard Mousasi (light-heavyweight champ) and Fedor Emelianenko (heavyweight champ), and since he would be a legitimate challenger to each of those titles, I'd say he aptly describes a "good bang for the buck" opportunity for Strikeforce.

Hendo is speculated to make his Strikeforce debut in April, and could face Shields for his first fight.  Henderson's manager, Aaron Crecy, mentioned that money was not the sole criteria for Dan's decision to sign, and also provided the following comments:

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The Garv.com was tipped off that the young Shine Fights promotion is continuing to thrive and show promise by reeling in impressive acquisitions to their growing roster.

The latest signing is Luta-Livre wizard and Renovacao Fight Team member Luciano Azevedo, who is best known for being the only man to beat (and finish) Jose Aldo, who is the newly crowned WEC champion and #1 featherweight fighter in the world.  Azevedo also agreed to venture up a weight class for the opportunity to face Hayato "Mach" Sakurai in Pride.  In addition to Aldo, Azevedo holds wins over Rodrigo Damm, Din Thomas, and he just triangled Jean Silva in the first round at WFE 5.

The Garv.com has been supporting Luciano Azevedo in his quest to cross the pond and make a splash in the American MMA scene.  Anyone who has ever seen an Azevedo fight can attest to the insane pace he holds throughout, his tenacious and well-rounded striking onslaught, and the Luta-Livre based ground game that allows him to thoroughly devour opponents on the mat.  He is one of the most exciting fighters in the game today.

Shine Fights has also picked up former Chute Boxe striker and Luta Livre black belt Daniel Acacio, who is riding a three-fight win streak after falling to the talented Mamed Khalidov, who just KO'd top middleweight Jorge Santiago in Sengoku.  Acacio had an exciting and memorable run in Pride FC:  he showed the best way to handle guard-pullers by annihilating Daiju Takase with soccer kicks, edged the crafty Kazuo Misaki on the score cards, and lost to Akihiro Gono in Bushido 9's Gran Prix.  Check out Acacio's highlight reel here.

The final pick-up for Shine Fights is a hot prospect, mostly unknown in the states, named Amilcar Alves.  Alves is a rising star out of the stacked Nova Uniao team with a 10-1 record who is currently enjoying an impressive seven-fight stretch in the "W" column.  Alves has the sound grappling pedigree one would expect from a member of the prestigious Nova Uniao camp, but also boasts a deadly striking repertoire to lock him in as a very formidable and well-rounded adversary. 

Another key move for Shine Fights was inking a deal with colorful boxer Ricardo Mayorga, and they have already held two events with surprisingly enticing match-ups that feature well-renowned names in MMA, such as Yves Edwards, Roan Carneiro, Luiz "Buscape" Firmino, Jorge "Macaco" Patino, and Micah Miller.  Please join us in supporting Shine Fights in their strides to establish themselves as an ascending promotion to take notice of.

 

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These photographs were taken by Nick Komic over the course of last weekend's Strikeforce event, and are featured in full on M-1 Global's website.  Thanks to TSGIGOR for another lead on unique Fedor material.

There are many more shots after the jump.  Enjoy!

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is great news and another TheGARV.com exclusive.  Sources close to the fight advise me that Mike Massenzio, who has been healing up some injuries, will be taking on Tim Creduer at UFN 20 on January 11.  Mike almost choked out CB Dollaway in his last fight at UFC 92 last December.  Mike was injured going into that fight, and now he's had a year to heal up.  When he's 100 percent, the UFC 185 pound division better watch out! Check all the MMA newsblog over the next few days for updates on this story.  Usually they are only a week or so behind this one.

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Ran into King Mo out in Tulsa during the Strikeforce show. He was blinged out in gold. Super cool dude. Check it out:
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Caught up with Frankie "The Answer" Edgar at AMA Fight Club in NJ. Frankie is fresh off a win over Sean Sherk and was working with Dan and Jim Miller as they prepared for their fights. Dan has since been scratched due to an infection, but Jim will be fighting on September 19th at the UFC.
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M-1 VP Jerry Millen discusses the Strikeforce co-promotion with M-1 Global and Dana White.
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