Dan Henderson will look to get his fourth straight KO victory against "Shogun" RuaPosted on October 16, 2011, 05:00 PM by Joey Santosus
"Of course the goal is always the knockout. It’s what Dan is up to, he’s always going for the knockout, but we need to know when to attack and when to counterattack. ... We won’t change Hendo’s style, but we’re working in some details that might surprise Shogun. It ain’t no secret the way Henderson finishes his fights, so my job, along with (Daniel) Woirin, will be to prepare him correctly to use his strongest weapon, his right hand. It becomes dangerous when we use the kicks and his left hands at a time, doing different combinations. So we’ll make him confuse so he forgets about his right hand completely. Obviously, Dan will use his Wrestling when on the clinch, it’ll be important to use different weapons to get Shogun tired." - For more from Henderson's striking coach, Gustavo Pugliese, visit Tatame.com
With 13 of his 28 professional victories coming by way of some form of knockout, it's no secret what one can expect from Dan Henderson when he steps into the cage. In fact, he's finished his last three consecutive opponents via stoppage and, according to his striking coach Gustavo Pugliese, he'll be looking to make it four straight when he meets Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on November 19th.
A fellow veteran and former UFC Champion, however, Rua has only been stopped due to strikes once in his storied career, succumbing to a barrage of blows delivered by current division title holder Jon Jones earlier this year. Prior to the defeat, his sole TKO loss had come against Mark Coleman in 2006, when he was unable to continue due to a broken arm. Nevertheless, Pugliese maintains that, if well-camaflouged by the use of combinations, Henderson will ultimately succeed in delivering the H-Bomb. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Can Hendo keep the KO streak alive or will Shogun defuse his explosive right hand?
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Photo: Dan Henderson training in Temecula, SoCal. Credit: Scott Hirano