On Monday of this week fans heard rumor of Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson potentially doing battle with one another this July 5th, at UFC 175 in Las Vegas.
This evening on “UFC Tonight,” fans are hearing that the Cormier vs. Henderson light-heavyweight fight has been “verbally agreed to” and that the winner of the match will get the next title shot after Alexander Gustafsson:
Cormier vs. Henderson have both verbally agreed to fight…and here’s the kicker. Winner gets a title shot after Gustafsson.
— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) April 2, 2014
The bout is apt to be the co-main event at the Nevada event, and in support of the headlining Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida middleweight title fight, and is a match that will pit two friends against one another.
Cormier and Henderson are ranked numbers five and six in their division, respectively and both bring a great deal of momentum to the table.
Cormier is 14 – 0 in his career, never been in trouble in a fight, and is a threat to take a title in either the heavyweight or light-heavyweight divisions.
On the other hand, Henderson, although he’s struggled of late, just snapped a three fight losing streak in Natal, Brazil, when he dispatched Maurício Rua by way of a thunderous third round TKO. With the win, “Hendo” breathed new life into his title dreams. Concordantly, he now finds himself a win away from his third shot at UFC title glory.
Going into the fight Henderson will be disadvantaged in age – 43 vs. 35 – and will, for the first time in a while, be fighting without the aid of his TRT medication. However, “Hendo” has a wealth of fight experience on his side – 27 more fights than Cormier – a heck of a chin, and, as always, his mighty right.
Will the aging slugger be able to beat the formidable and powerful Cormier?
Fans would probably guess that the odds are long. However, by the look of the punch that sent Mauricio Rua flying across the Natal cage, smashing “Shogun’s” nose, Henderson reminded all that he’s in the fight until it’s either over or he’s out cold on the mat.
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