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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:

"Dan chose to sign with Strikeforce after careful consideration.  He approached the process with an open mind, and over the course of the past couple months became increasingly impressed with the Strikeforce organization. It was not a decision that Dan took lightly."

Dan has always been motivated by the challenge of competing above his natural weight class, and he would certainly be honored to square off with Fedor at some point."

“Dan likes to be a maverick, and I think part of the attraction to Strikeforce was to be a part of something that broadens the growth of the sport within the U.S. and globally.  The fact that Strikeforce offers a network television platform in CBS as well as a premium cable partner in Showtime was particularly appealing to him. It delivers an incredible opportunity for Dan to perform live before an audience of millions of present and future MMA fans. Also, (Strikeforce CEO) Scott Coker treated Dan with a great deal of respect and integrity throughout the negotiations, and that certainly affected his decision. Dan is very excited to be a part of the Strikeforce family."

 

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