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Strikeforce Returns To CBS in April with Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson

NEW YORK - JANUARY 20:  Heavyweight mixed martial arts champion Fedor 'The Last Emperor' Emelianenko of Russia attends the 'Day of Reckoning' press conference at Trump Tower January 20, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
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Brian OswaldMMA Editor December 16, 2009

According to Ariel Helwani at AOL Fanhouse, Strikeforce on CBS will be back in the spring of 2010, this time showing off one of their most recent high-profile free agent acquisitions.

Dan Henderson will be featured on the same fight card as Fedor Emelianenko, a card that will look to capitalize on the momentum of their November show, which featured Fedor taking on the previously undefeated Brett Rogers.

The show did a 2.5 rating and 4.04 million viewers, with the main event drawing an audience of 5.46 million viewers, making it the ninth-most watched MMA fight in history.

Could this fight card eclipse the success of their last show?

That could very well depend on who their respective opponents are, given that Fedor and Dan Henderson won't be squaring off against each other, at least not for now, according to the L.A. Times.

Henderson has stated that he would be interested in fighting the man who most consider the greatest MMA fighter of all time.

Sherdog.com has learned that Henderson is being strongly considered to challenge middleweight champion Jake Shields in his promotional debut in April.

Both fighter's camps told the Web site today that they’re open to the possibility of the matchup, though no official talks have begun with the promotion.

Shields was last seen on the aforementioned November show, assuming the vacated title via a five-round war of attrition against Jason "Mayhem" Miller.

While Shields came away with the win, he lost a public relations battle with the fans, who found his style of fighting boring to say the least.

If a middleweight title fight between Jake Shields and Dan Henderson does not come together, another viable and intriguing opponent would be current light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. 

For Fedor, a number of potential opponents are available: Fabricio Werdum; recently acquired Bobby Lashley; even a re-match with Andrei Arlovski.

Or how about current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeeem actually returning to defend his belt?

No matter how the surging MMA organization decides to kickoff Henderson's Strikeforce career, they certainly have some intriguing options, both now and in the future.

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