Dan Henderson looked to be one of the marquee names set to compete in Strikeforce’s upcoming middleweight tournament, but it appears the former UFC star has other plans.
Today MMAweekly.com report that the 39 year-old has his eye on a return to the light-heavyweight division instead after finding the weigh-cut to 185lbs difficult last time out.
According to Scott Coker a rematch with Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral, who he defeated by decision back in 2000 could be on the cards, with Gegard Mousasi being another possibility.
Sobral brought up the idea himself, calling out Henderson after his win over Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce L.A last month. Coker had instead intended for Sobral to be the first challenger for current 205lb champion King Mo, but as the two are friends the idea was nixed, and Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante will now fight for the belt instead.
Personally I’m a little disappointed by the news as Henderson would have been one of the major players in the middleweight tournament. With Cung Le also recently backing out, the star power is starting to thin out a little.
At the same time it’s perhaps not such a bad move considering that Strikeforce are somewhat limited in their available options at light-heavyweight. Sobral’s refusal to fight King Mo has made life a little awkward for the promotion, so bringing in Henderson gives them a little flexibility and some good match-ups to look forward to in the coming months.