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Video: Hendo: ‘Jake Shields is a Boring Fighter’

(Video courtesy YouTube/MMA:30)

Dan Henderson
 
says the toughest task he will face in his Saturday night showdown with Strikeforce middleweight champion
Jake Shields won’t be avoiding the dangerous Cesar Gracie black belt’s submissions; it will be keeping the crowd and viewers watching on CBS from falling asleep.

The 39-year-old former concurrent dual-weight class PRIDE champion says that he will do his damnedest to make the fight as entertaining as he did his past tilts, but hints that fans might want to take the precaution of downing a few Red Bulls or cups of coffee prior to the title fight, just in case.

"The biggest challenge of this fight is to still make it exciting and to be aggressive enough and basically not be boring. It’s tough to do when all a guy wants to do is take you down, which is probably what’s going to happen in this fight."


Win or lose, Shields
will likely jump ship from Strikeforce to test the perceivably more lucrative and competitive UFC waters, which, according to Henderson are murkier than they seem from on the outside looking in.

"I just felt that the UFC just kind of undervalued me for what I thought I was and Strikeforce didn’t. At the UFC I was just another little worker bee. They didn’t really take care of their fighters real well. I think that I had a lot more opportunity to get a lot more exposure here and still have quality guys to fight. That was a big concern of mine. I didn’t want to come somewhere and be a big fish in a small pond. I wanted to make sure I had big challenges for my fights. Jake Shields is definitely a big challenge. Beyond that, they’ve got some good fighters in there now and they’re just moving upward."

Come on, Hendo. Zuffa gave you a sweet Range Rover, a title shot in your second UFC fight after losing your first and a team of American ringers for TUF 9. How much more do you need?

Apparently, a lot.

Word on the street is, besides a hefty signing incentive, substantial per-fight salary and performance bonus structure, part of Henderson’s deal with the CBS affiliated promotion saw him take ownership of a majority stake in The Ghost Whisperer.

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Mr_Misanthropy- April 15, 2010 at 1:57 am
MMA Business 101: How to Create Financial Instability in Your Closest Competition (from a monopolist perspective)

Lesson 1- Drive the contracted price of their prime talent past the equilibrium payscale required to turn profit off advertising and live gate fees: How much do you think Hendo makes? How about Fedor (probably more than the $250 grand they claim), Overromeo, Carano, or any of the other lucky few with decent enough management to make Coker suck their dicks (even Hieron makes $50 g's for fighting on the undercard). For some inexplicable reason Shamrock banked $370 g's in defeat against Diaz (approx. $40 g's in victory, apparently in Stockton they fight for respect and not feddy scratch yung), and as much as I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Glamrock slam the career out of Zinoviev at UFC16, if it don't make dollars it don't make cents. The disclosed payroll for this relatively entertainingo jambalaya (SF Diaz-Hamhock, for one example, its too easy) of mostly nonsensical action was close to $650,000 and the gate was only $750,000. Balancing undisclosed pay against other undisclosed assets, it is hard to see SF not becoming afflicted with a certain financial disease. The UFC did not become the UFC in one or two years. If all they have to do is counter bid Strikefarce's contracts up to a quarter mil and up for prime talent, SF will go broke just trying to put on shows. Remember, the janitor still has to get paid- or maybe Spamcrock mops that shit down after hours- he must be getting paid $400 grand a fight for something. Furthermore they don't pay a lot of their prime talent shit (Santos makes about $20-25 g's/ fight, Carano got $125 grand for losing her strap, etc. etc.) Now I am no MMAth PhD or professional fight promoter, but I did used to turn me a respectable profit hustlang dem p's from coast to coast and I can balance a balance sheet. Combine all of this bullshit with nonsensical matchmaking and relegating two tirds of signed prospects to the dark and it doesn't take much imagination to see where this is headed. Enjoy watching the castoffs and "others" mix it up in some quality record-padding while it lasts....
RwilsonR- April 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm
This from Decision Dan?

Has he watched his two fights with Misaki?
side.check.kick- April 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm
I love how he just tells it like it is. He might as well have just said "My next fight is most likely going to be boring as fuck, so prepare yourselves, you know uhh, just sayin...."
Steffmeister- April 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Good for Hendo, having the guts to go with strikeforce, make a bigger buck.
daeyeth- April 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm
God, stop it with the sensationalist headlines, please! Why does all media have to do this? No where in that interview does Dan Henderson say "Jake Shields is a boring fighter"...at least don't put it in quotes man. He says that it's going to be tough to make it exciting but he's polite and diplomatic about where as you guys just take all that out of it. Sigh...
Get Off Me- April 14, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Strikeforce haters are loosing momentum, especially after Saturday night. I am with Smitty and Rex13, I have said before that Strikeforce is not a mom and pops organization and received scoffs from the members of this prestigious site.
I don't care who fights where, I just want to see entertaining fights, I think Strikeforce will prove Saturday that it can deliver this and should silence the haters.
maclaren- April 14, 2010 at 11:29 am
I think Shields is going to win


Hendo is my favourite fighter though, I just don't see him beating Shields.
ReX13- April 14, 2010 at 10:44 am
Smitty>> Agreed on all counts. Anyone that compared SF to Elite XC was smoking meth and skipping naps. Scott Coker was running a fighting promotion when Dana White was an aerobics instructor--truth. I'm neither a White-hater nor a SF fanboy, but dismissing StrikeForce out of hand as a fly-by-night operation is a mistake made by ignorant UFC fans.

Coker>> now clean up that heavyweight situation, you're making me look bad.
parchy mcthirst- April 14, 2010 at 10:42 am
@kid clam curtains

amen amigo
iDestroy- April 14, 2010 at 10:40 am
Anybody who doesn't like Hendo is probably just a UFC fanboy. Any true MMA fan knows he brings it every fight, and leaves it all in the cage/ring. Any decision Hollywood has ever won was an awesome fight. Not lay and pray gayness like Shields.


I can't wait for this Saturday either. 112 was crap. I'm betting the worst Strikeforce fight is gonna be better than the best fight in Abu Dhabi.
Smitty- April 14, 2010 at 10:32 am
I think Strikeforce will be a force to be reckoned with very, very soon. I remember when everyone was talkin shit about them, and comparing them to Elite XC. Now check out their roster, and CBS and Showtime ain't exactly small time. I'm lookin forward to this Saturdays fights!!!
Kid Clam Curtains- April 14, 2010 at 10:28 am
Dan Henderson is the real American hero. Disrespect him at your own peril. His chin alone packs 9 inches of cock and knows how to use it.

Shields is shitting his pants right now.
common sense- April 14, 2010 at 9:43 am
what a bitch
Jonny5- April 14, 2010 at 9:25 am
A. Silva's fight last saturday led to me immediately rewatching A. Silva vs. D. Henderson. Result: I'm totally hyped for this fight. Lets all hope that after this Strikeforce contract is over and if Hendo's sould hasn't been destroyed too badly by the likes of Mousasi and Fedor he will return to the UFC. Hendo's first round against Silva I think is the most of a "beating" that has occured in Silva's UFC carreer.
NOTSOB- April 14, 2010 at 9:20 am
@knucklesamitch
I totally agree with everything you had to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
knucklesamitch- April 14, 2010 at 8:57 am
Shields is a boring fighter, and Mayhem Miller should have beat Shields anyway.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- April 14, 2010 at 8:53 am
"The biggest challenge of this fight is to still make it exciting and to be aggressive enough and basically not be boring. It’s tough to do when all a guy wants to do is take you down, which is probably what’s going to happen in this fight."

Uhhh....right.

And this quote is coming from Dan "Decision" Henderson?

The same guy who has gone to 17 decisions out of his 32 fight career?

Far be it from Dan to lay on a guy and grind out a win

...like he's never done THAT before!

AkilleeZ- April 14, 2010 at 8:49 am
Greedy bastard.
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