Jake Shields survived an early onslaught from Dan Henderson in the first round, only to go on and dominant the former PRIDE/UFC standout in the next four rounds.
Shields was dropped by a patented Dan Henderson right hand in the first round, and it looked like it was going to be a matter of time before Henderson put him way. However, Shields somehow survived and then began to impose his will with his wrestling and jiu-jitsu.
The later rounds saw Jake Shields mount Dan Henderson for extended periods of time, hitting Henderson with punches to the head and body. Henderson offered nothing in return as it had been almost a year since he last fought(UFC 100 in July 09).
Shields found success with single leg takedowns as Henderson was slow to react to his shots, and Shields just used his technique to get Henderson off balance to work his magic on the ground. Once the fight went to the ground, it was clear that Shields had a big advantage in jiu-jitsu as Henderson wasn't able to keep Shields from getting offensive position.
Jake Shields retains the Strikeforce Middleweight title via Unanimous Decision.
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