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Dan Henderson Likely Returning to Light Heavyweight for Strikeforce Rematch with “Babalu”

Former middleweight contender Dan Henderson will likely return to 205-pounds for a rematch with former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently told MMA Weekly.

“They said they probably want to fight at 205 instead of 185,” Coker said. “They felt that the weight cut was too much, and Dan would welcome to fight Babalu again, Gegard Mousasi, for a 205-pound contender’s bout. I don’t think you’ll see Dan in the 185-pound tournament, although stranger things have happened in MMA, right?”

Following his win over Robbie Lawler at June’s “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” event, Sobral declined a title shot against friend Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and asked for a rematch with Henderson, who earned a majority decision over him at a February 2000 Rings event in Tokyo.

Sobral (36-8) rebounded from an August first-round KO to Gegard Mousasi with a unanimous decision over the middleweight contender Lawler, while Henderson (25-8) dropped a unanimous decision to 185-pound champ Jake Shields in his Strikeforce debut in April following three-straight UFC wins.

According to Coker, the Henderson-Sobral rematch won’t take place at “Strikeforce: Houston” on August 21 and is tentatively slated for a fall event.

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