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Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields in the works for April on CBS

Jake ShieldsA reported match up between Dan Henderson and middleweight champion Jake Shields could be in the works for a Strikeforce event in April.

According to, Henderson is entering the end stages of negotiations, reportedly from sources close to the organization. Although bout agreements have not been signed, the fight is in the process of being finalized.

Newly acquired Henderson jumped ship from the UFC after leaving the premier organization riding a three fight win streak. The former PRIDE champion most recently dispatched Michael Bisping at UFC 100 to close out his contract with the organization. After a much publicized contract dispute, it was announced last month that Strikeforce has become his new home.

Jake Shields is coming off a decision win over Jason Miller at Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rodgers, held on November 7th. The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu fighter has produced a 13 fight win streak, with the streak extending over five years.

If the bout becomes official, it will be Shields second title defense since acquiring the middleweight belt against Robbie Lawler in June.

The April event is also rumored to showcase Fedor Emelianenko and slated to be Strikforce’s second appearance on CBS.

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