Strikeforce convert Dan Henderson is looking to return to the light-heavyweight-division, making a move up from the 185-lbs. weight class, CEO Scott Coker announced recently.
Henderson, a former Pride champion and UFC contender, debuted in Strikeforce last in April against Jake Shields, where his first round striking skills did not continue into the latter rounds. Henderson was subjected to Shields' ground-and-pound, and lost a unanimous decision.
But even with Shields now out of the picture, Henderson is still intent on moving up to 205 lbs. Strikeforce will implement a tournament in order to crown a new middleweight title holder.
"I don't think you'll see Dan in the 185-pound tournament, although stranger things have happened in MMA, right?" Coker said.
While "Hendo" has not been given an opponent, it is quite possible that he will face former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champions Renato Sobral or Gegard Mousasi in an upcoming bout. However, Mousasi is scheduled to fight in Dream.15 on July 10 and would more than likely not be ready for another bout in the upcoming months. But with Babalu timing of coming off of a win last month, he might be gearing up for a rematch against Henderson.
If Henderson and Sobral are matched up, it will be a rematch of their 2000 Rings bout where the former Olympic wrestler won via majority decision. It was Sobral's first MMA loss, and he has since expressed that he would like to fight Henderson again to avenge his loss.