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Daniel Cormier Respects Dan Henderson But Wants To Fight The Best In The World


Daniel Cormier is eager to make an impression at his new home of light heavyweight after cutting down to 205 pounds in order to starch Patrick Cummins in a glorified squash match at UFC 170 in February.

“DC” signed on to face a light heavyweight who actually remains relevant at 43 years old, No. 6-ranked MMA Legend Dan Henderson, in the co-main event of this weekend’s (Sat., May 24, 2014) UFC 173 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The winner will supposedly secure a coveted light heavyweight title shot against the winner of the anticipated Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch sometime later this year. “DC” has said that he’s willing to wait for a title shot after defeating “Hendo,” not matter how long it takes.

Cormier recently spoke with our friends at MMA H.E.A.T. to discuss why his freestyle is better than Henderson’s Greco-Roman style, is respect for “Hendo’s” vaunted knockout power, his rival Jon Jones’ win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 172, at his thoughts on the UFC 173 bantamweight title bout between Renan Barao and TJ Dillashaw: 

  • Well…guard up, chin down or lights out my friend….after that you can and will fight the very best in the world.

  • Yes. Crazy as it may be, Dan Henderson can knock anyone out. Unlikely he will catch Cormier but stranger things have happened

  • He's willing to wait for a title shot until after a fight he hasn't won? I bet Dan feels really "respected".

    I'm guessing this is because, even if he has the perfect style to beat Bones, it's just as likely there is another top seed who has the perfect style to beat him. Best not to risk it, right DC?

    Considering how much trash he's talked about Jones, Cormier is being awfully calculated. Hendo by brutal first round reality check tko…

    • Don't bet the house on it my friend… !! You'll be homeless…

      • Not to worry, I was saying what I want to see happen, not what I expect to happen. Mind you, Hendo is almost a 6 to 1 underdog, so I will be putting a few euros on him…

    • It does seem as if Cormier and many others are looking past Hendo. But, lets be realistic and separate Hendo the legend from the fighter he is today – Hendo has very little chance of winning this fight.