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Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:49 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 11:53 pm

The third title bout of the night closes the show, as Dan Henderson (25-7-0) challenges Jake Shields (24-4-1) for the Strikeforce middleweight title.

Henderson is a former PRIDE double weight class champion and recent UFC star. This is his first fight for Strikeforce since he made the jump over. Shields is not only defending his belt, but his 13-fight win streak as well.

Round 1: Head kick by Shields is blocked. Henderson with a left hand that connects and a right that misses. Henderson throws another right hand that cracks Shields right on the temple, and Shields is down. Shields takes Henderson's leg before Henderson can follow up and Henderson is forced to defend a leglock rather than try to finish Shields on the ground. Henderson breaks free and they're standing again.

Leg kick by Shields. Henderson connects on another big right hand that makes Shields backpedal a few steps. Shields with some light boxing combos that aren't doing much. Shields fails to bait Henderson to the ground. Henderson hammers away with a series of big shots, and Shields is in big trouble. Shields tries for Henderson's leg and Henderson defends it, then lets Shields up.

Shields with a weak right jab. They tie up against the fence. Big John McCarthy breaks them up for inactivity. Shields with a leg kick and a jab. He's waking up a bit. Henderson misses a left hand and Shields shoots for a takedown. Henderson defends it well, reversing Shields' back to the fence and throwing knees to the body. They separate at the buzzer, exchanging fists. 10-9 Henderson.

Round 2: Shields with a jab. Shields shoots for a single leg and Henderson rolls through and tries for a crucifix. Henderson ends up taking Shields' back and nearly gets a rear naked choke before Shields scrambles free and ends up on top. Shields passes to side control and then full mount.

Shields throws a pair of fists into Henderson's face from the mount. Henderson tries to turn away without giving up his back. Shields hammers away at Henderson's face. Henderson's OK for the moment, but having trouble escaping. Henderson has never been knocked out in his long career. Henderson turns away and Shields keeps throwing punches. Henderson is wisely unwilling to give Shields his back, but without doing so, he's eating these punches. Hammer fists by Shields. End of the round, and that's an easy 10-9 for Shields.

Round 3: Shields with a series of jabs. Head kick by Shields is blocked. Shields with a takedown attempt. Henderson gutwreches him and rolls through it, so they're back on their feet. Outside leg kick by Shields. Henderson with a nice uppercut. Another takedown attempt by Shields. They scramble and Shields ends up in Henderson's guard. He passes to side control.

Shields trying for full mount again. Henderson defending the pass while Shields works short strikes to the body. Henderson takes half guard. Shields with a chin hook and tries for a guillotine choke, but Henderson slips out. Shields back to full mount. Henderson walks up the cage wall hoping to escape out the back door. Shields ends the round with a failed armbar attempt. 10-9 Shields.

Round 4: Henderson throws a kick. Shields with a takedown and Henderson scrambles out of it, landing a knee to the ribs on the break. Shields shoots again. They scramble on the mat. Henderson ends up on the bottom with Shields in a variation of a crucifix. Shields scrambles back to top position and side control.

Shields tries for full mount and Henderson avoids it, but Shields is working for an armbar from side control. Henderson gets half guard. Shields hammers at his face for a few seconds, then uses an armbar attempt to pass to full mount again. Shields with more ground and pound. Henderson turns and almost gives up his back, but Henderson goes to his back again. Shields smashes away with fists, but Henderson is just so hard to knock out. 10-9 Shields.

Round 5: Shields with some jabs, then another takedown attempt. He gets it, and works his way back into full mount. Shields throws some strikes then flirts with a side choke attempt before abandoning it for more ground and pound. Shields into side control, working for an armbar. He gives that up for full mount again. More fists from the top by Shields.

Henderson is stuck,  because he knows giving up his back against a guy with Shields' jiu-jitsu is a recipe for being tapped out. Shields goes for a side choke, then tries to take Henderson's back. He doesn't get it, so he finishes the round with more strikes from full mount. 10-9 Shields, so I score the bout 49-46 for defending champion Shields. I'd be shocked if the judges have it otherwise.

Winner: Jake Shields defeats Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 48-45) after five rounds to retain the Strikeforce middleweight title.

That was a dominant performance by Shields, who is now essentially a free agent despite holding a title in Strikeforce. This was the last fight of his contract,

And then things get really ugly. With Shields' entire posse surrounding him in the cage -- including Gilbert Melendez and the always-froggy Nick and Nate Diaz -- Jason "Mayhem" Miller gets into the cage, onto the microphone, and asks Shields for a rematch.

It's hard to tell who threw the first punch (people in the venue don't seem to know for sure, and on TV the first strikes were obscured first by a cut-away shot, and later by bodies in the line of sight). But Mayhem was shoved away by Melendez, then lunged forward. He (and seemingly dozens of others) ended up in a street fight, on national television, with the Diaz-Melendez-Shields crew.

UFC lightweight Nate Diaz could be seen on the replay soccer-kicking a downed man (presumably Mayhem, but it's hard to tell since he was already covered and being beaten by two or three other guys).

When people call MMA fighters a bunch of thugs, usually, they're wrong and misinformed. But as an MMA fan of about 15 years now, I have to say, what you saw in the cage at the end of this show was thuggery.

Mixed martial arts is supposed to be about respect and honor. I know a lot of the sport's critics have never bought that for a second, but it's true. When stuff like this happens, it becomes impossible to defend the sport.

And it's not the sport's fault, nor is that type of thing customary. This was a few idiots making an extremely poor judgment call, and rest assured they will be punished for it.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2010 5:13 pm

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

Well "DT", the author of this article, lost my repect halfway through when he says, "Unfortunately, the story that will be remembered from this night came from someone who wasn’t even on the fight card," when referring to Miller.  Miller was on the fight card(he beat Stout)and for DT not to know that, and to be writing an article on mma, shows how reputable he is.

He also states at the end, "Unfortunately, the most devastating blow of the night was delivered to the chin of mixed martial arts… courtesy of Jason “Mayhem” Miller. And that’s the kind of black eye that may not heal."  This statement clearly shows DT has know idea what he is talking about.

Overall, jockpost does not have a very good take on it.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2010 6:26 pm

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

Pretty good take on it here...


Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2010 1:05 pm

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

This shouldn't even be the huge issue that everyone is making it out to be.  There was a brawl that happened after a fighting event.  Who cares! They should be fined or suspended like in most other sports.  NBA, NFL, MLS, MLB all have brawls and fights, the players are fined or suspended and life goes on.  It's just a part of competitive sports, and it always will be.  The NHL gives out 5 minute penalties for fighting in their sport.  They fight not only during games but after or before as well. I don't know how many times I've seen a full out brawl between teams on the ice as the game ends, even the goalies get into it.  These fights don't change these sports.  They are still as popular as they always have been and needless fighting won't change that.  It was a fight, it happens all the time in several sports, quit making out to be a terrible thing for mma.  The people who didn't like mma still don't like it, who cares.

"When stuff like this happens, it becomes impossible to defend the sport."  Denny Burkholder, you may be an mma fan for 15 years but you are also a complete moron to say something so ridiculous.  

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:42 pm

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

a good card, to be sure... but a bit boring live ;) . i think the after fight antics are being overblown. this happens a lot in other sports and they actually cover it, and the commentators lighten it up with funny comments. i know this sucks for coker who is trying to sell a good product. its not like this is unprecedented either. pride had this sort of thing all the time (with all the ped's over there its not a surprise). luckily this all went down after 11 so no kids had to see that. miller had no business stealing shields spotlight.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:00 pm

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

I totally agree with that. You get a full mount in 4 of the 5 rounds and you couldn't finish that fight? seriously? Enough of this lameness...I'm done with Strikeforce

Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 4:20 pm

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

UMMM dosent this happen in every less a fighting sport.  Happens in boxing at every other fight as well as the pre fight conference.  It happens in baseball, basketball, football, hockey etc.  Quit reporting from a biased point of view and tell people the facts.  Gosh you are such a duesche bag i swere.  all u dan henderson, gray maynard etc nuthuggers get jus have to have something to complain about after ur heroes get a wooping from the diaz boys.  quit hating its a fight......there are punches and kicks involved.....isnt that why we watched is to see dont understand SOME PEOPLE. U KNOW WHO U ARE.....GET REAL AND QUIT HATING.U KNOW IN YOUR HEARTS UR JUST MAD.  LOL I LOVE THE HATE THATS WHEN U KNOW U ARE THE BEST! PERIOD!

Since: Feb 21, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:37 pm

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

MMA is pure garbage anyways.  How these things are so popular just indicates the calibre of society.  It's a good thing for kids to use as a role model.

Since: Dec 25, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:24 am

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

CBS and Strikeforce both need to up their game if they are going to compete with the UFC.  The telecast was bad from the start long before the post fight antics at the end.  It's almost if they are trying to give MMA a bad reputation on purpose.  The commentary was pathetic.  Frank Shamrock needs decent co-hosts along side of him.  He was the only credible one giving commentary.  The fights were boring. The fighters appeared to only be there for a paycheck and fought like they well aware they were fighting for second rate titles.  I'll stick with UFC and WEC for know.  Even though it was a free telecast I felt like I was ripped off.

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:06 am

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

that was the most boring MMA event I have ever witnessed...  thank Al Gore for inventing Tivo so I could fast foward through the matches. 

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 7:11 am

Strikeforce live results: Shields vs. Henderson

I have a couple reactions after brawl, it actually might be a good thing for Strikeforce by the way because that was definitely disappointing considering the talent that they had on this card. I'm a huge MMA fan, and I love seeing exciting fights that go the distance just as much as the breath taking KO or submission, but these were dull fights for the most part. Anyway, the brawl is something that is going to be remembered much more than the fights on this card.

I agree that the Diaz brothers are punks and should be suspended, but they won't. Strikeforce simply can't. Moussasi is probably going to leave, Fedor's gone, and Shields might be on his way out too. Who else do they have to headline besides Nick Diaz and Melendez? Dana White won't suspend Nate either because he doesn't give a sh*t. Strikeforce is his biggest rival, and we've all seen how he does business, he probably was loving the brawl.

As for Mayhem, he's a crazy mofo. That's just his personality, he'll say and do whatever he wants. Shields overreacted and shouldn't have pushed him, but then again Mayhem shouldn't have just jumped in and tried to steal the spotlight. Either way, it's hard to fault either of them. The Diaz's are punks, but that's who they are. There some pissed off Stockton boys who will just throw down anywhere anytime. Call it unprofessional, punkish, whatever, I love their personalities. Looks like the end of MMA on cable TV for a while...

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