Dan Henderson recently put weeks of speculation as to who his first opponent would be since signing with Strikeforce to rest, as the former PRIDE champion and UFC veteran is expected to next face off with Jake Shields for the Strikeforce middleweight championship.

Henderson recently broke the news during ESPN.com’s “MMA Live”, stating that his next bout, “will be at 185 (pounds) against Shields.”

No news in regards to a specific time or location for the fight has yet to be announced as of this writing.

This will mark Hendo’s first bout back since crushing Michael Bisping at UFC 100 on the heels of the duo’s stint as coaches on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. During his career Henderson has notched impressive wins over the likes of Gilbert Yvel, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Renzo Gracie, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort and Rich Franklin to name a few.

Shields will be looking to make his first Strikeforce defense of the 185 pound title he captured with a November decision victory over Jason “Mayhem” Miller. The Cesar Gracie trained submission specialist holds notable wins over Hayato Sakurai, Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Paul Daley and Robbie Lawler during the course of his decorated fighting career.