Matt Lindland and Dan Henderson are cut from the same cloth. They have great amateur wrestling pedigrees and MMA careers that have taken them around the world. Along with Randy Couture, the Greco-Roman wrestling greats, started Team Quest back in 1999 to see if they could make some money at this MMA thing. Eleven years later Lindland and Henderson are headlining today's card in St. Louis for Strikeforce.
Henderson's move to Strikeforce in 2009 made big news, but his first fight with the promotion, a loss against Jake Shields, was a disappointment. The 40-year-old needs a win over Renato "Babalu" Sobral to get back in the mix for a major fight.
Lindland is just trying to survive at this point. Also 40, he's lost three of his last five fights. The takedowns are still there but his standup game puts him at risk. Robbie Lawler, one of the bigger power punchers in the world at middleweight, will test Lindland's chin.
Strikeforce betting odds (Courtesy Lagasse Stadium)
Renato Sobral (+200) vs. Dan Henderson (-250) - Light heavyweight
Scott Smith (+300) vs. Paul Daley (-400) - Welterweight
Matt Lindland (+130) vs. Robbie Lawler (-160) - Middleweight
Antonio Silva (-384) vs. Mike Kyle (+336) - Heavyweight
Benji Radach (+118) vs. Ovince St. Preux (-121) - Light heavyweight