Dan Henderson is hot off of a big win over Mauricio Rua at March 23’s UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil.
In the match, Henderson rallied from losing the first two rounds of the fight to thunderously TKO “Shogun” in its third. The win snapped a three fight losing streak for “Hendo” and served notice that the 43 year old fighter is far from packing it in.
To the point, the day after his momentous victory Henderson took to his Twitter account asking the UFC’s President for a rematch fight with (now middleweight) Lyoto Machida.
However, the problem with Henderson’s request to Dana White is that Machida is already scheduled to fight Chris Weidman for his middleweight belt in July, at UFC 175.
As Hendo’s only remaining career goal is a UFC title, then perhaps the fighter sees a rematch with Machida as the quickest way of achieving that goal. Of course, and if this is the case, then Henderson’s calculus is being predicated on a belief that Machida will defeat Weidman on July 5th in Las Vegas, and become the new middleweight champion. Resultantly, Henderson calling out Machida and using his February of 2013, light-heavyweight, split decision loss to “The Dragon” as the excuse for the fight, is simply “Hendo’s” way of trying to garner himself an easy title shot.
As fans are finding out today, the UFC might be setting Henderson up for his wish.
Late last night, Eric Fontanez of MMA Weekly tweeted that Dan Henderson will be fighting on the Las Vegas UFC 175 card, and right alongside of Weidman and Machida. As such, it seems as if the promotion is paving the way for a possible Machida vs. Henderson title match should both fighters (Henderson and Machida) win their respective bouts.
In terms of who Henderson might draw it could be a number of different light-heavyweight opponents.
Henderson could pull the winner of the April 26th bout between Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson. However, he might just as easily be assigned Ovince Saint Preux, Jimi Manuwa or Ryan Bader. All would be good fights, but as these three fighters sit below Henderson in the rankings the brand might not make the match. Of course, another possible match-up might be with Daniel Cormier. However, that too is unlikely.
In terms of middleweight options for Henderson there aren’t many. However, the promotion might be able to give him the winner of Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Boetsch, which is set for UFC 172 in April. The brand could also give Henderson either the winner of Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy, or the winner of the Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero match. As both bouts are set for April, either of the winners might be available as options for Henderson.
Either way, it looks as if the UFC wants Henderson fighting at the “Sin City” event, and that they might be doing so because they’re interested in showcasing Henderson along with Machida, and in anticipation of setting up a rematch fight between the pair, should both prove victorious at their UFC 175 outings.
Dan Henderson’s going to fight at UFC 175.
— Erik Fontanez (@Erik_Fontanez) March 31, 2014
As was reported today, the rumor mill has been churning with the news that Dan Henderson will be fighting at the UFC 175 card this coming July 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, and as of yet, no opponent has been selected.
As it turns out, Henderson’s opponent may have already been selected, and it’s none other than light-heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier.
“According to sources with knowledge of the situation,” as sourced by MMAFighting.com, the promotion is soon to make the official announcement.
Quoting the website:
“On last week’s episode of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported that Cormier vs. Cavalcante was being discussed for the event — and it was — however, the promotion decided to offer Henderson the Cormier fight following his thrilling comeback win over Shogun Rua on March 23. Had Henderson turned down the fight for whatever reason, the UFC most likely would have booked Cormier vs. Cavalcante.”
Regarding a possible fight between the pair, it would make a great deal of sense.
Cormier and Henderson are ranked number five and six in the division, respectively. And where Cormier wants to keep busy while awaiting a title shot, Henderson wants to advance his cause in pursuit of one.
In terms of Cormier potentially fighting Cavalcante, the fight didn’t seem to make sense to most. Although “Feijao” is a solid fighter, few saw the number thirteen ranked combatant as much of a challenge to the Olympic wrestler, Cormier.
As to whether or not any of it is true, Dana White made comment on the rumor via his Twitter account stipulating that the fight is “not done.”
From that, fans can deduce that the fight is, indeed, being worked on.
Cormier vs. Henderson as a co-main event in support of Weidman vs. Machida as the main, is a card that the promotion can easily sell. It’s certainly a great deal more interesting than Cormier vs. Cavalcante, as a co-main at UFC 175.
Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson targeted for UFC 175 — http://t.co/RWvzXr0AXM
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 31, 2014
@arielhelwani Ariel is not correct. That fight is not done
— Dana White (@danawhite) March 31, 2014