Jake Shields and Dan Henderson talk Strikeforce middleweight title fight

At the recent Strikeforce: Nashville press conference, Strikeforce middleweight champion, Jake Shields and former Pride middleweight and Pride welterweight champion, Dan Henderson sound off on they’re upcoming middleweight title fight at Next month’s Strikeforce event in Nashville, Tennessee.

Shields, speaking at the press conference held this week, said:

“I am super excited about this fight and this opportunity to fight on CBS. This is a great show and I am happy to be part of it.”

“Dan deserves a shot at my belt even though he’s fighting for the first time for Strikeforce. I know he’ll come to fight. He’s a great fighter and we’re definitely going to put on a show April 17.”

“I’m not thinking about future fights. People ask me about fighting different guys all the time. I do ultimately want to fight the best in the world because to be the best you have to fight the best. But I’m focused right now on Dan Henderson.”

Dan Henderson, speaking at the press conference held this week, had this to say:

“I can’t believe how excited I am to be in this room with all these great fighters and champions. It’s going to be an amazing night in Nashville on CBS. I haven’t fought since July so I’ve been basically getting into shape to fight again.”

“Everybody knows Jake Shields is a guy who likes to get guys on the ground and he wants to control everything. I have to be able to finish him off and not take him too lightly. I think it’s a good matchup for me with my wrestling background. I think Jake has a tendency to get overlooked and I’m not sure why.”

“I am the challenger on April 17 and will walk into the cage first. It will feel a little strange. But Jake is the champion and I respect that. If he were standing right here I’d tell him that. We’ve hung out before in the past but once we get in the ring it’s all about business.”

“I appreciate all the fan support and especially the ones who think I’m going to beat Jake up. People come up to me all the time and let me know they’re fans of mine. I love having the support of all my fans.”

“One of the reasons why I left UFC was because I wanted to fight on CBS and possibly on SHOWTIME. It just motivates me in my training knowing I can come in and fight right away for a world title. CBS is definitely a bigger platform to fight on and the more people who watch the more exposure I’ll get as a fighter.”

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