Following his first round demolition of Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral last night at Strikeforce: St.Louis, Dan Henderson’s MMA career is once again back on track and sets him up perfectly to have a big 2011 for the promotion.

So, what’s in store for the former PRIDE and UFC favorite in the coming year?

The original contract that Henderson signed with Strikeforce had a time limit on it, and that means he now has until June to complete the remaining two fights on it. As such, barring injury, we can expect to see him back in the cage early in 2011.

Those fights are likely to be held at light-heavyweight, with Henderson saying he feels comfortable at that weight, and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stating his approval for that.

Coker has also pretty much confirmed that Henderson will indeed fight for the title next against current champion Rafael Feijao.

“Yeah, I think that would be a natural fit for the next fight,” Coker told Ariel Helwani post-fight. Assuming a hand injury sustained by Henderson last night doesn’t keep him out of action for long the feeling is the fight could take place around March / April time.

I think it’s also almost certain that we’ll see Henderson take on either Gegard Mousasi or King Mo as well before his contract expires, and assuming he’s still performing well an extension to his current deal would seem likely after that.

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