Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson Official For UFC 173 Co-Main Event


Scheduled to take place on May 24 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, UFC 173 needed some serious star power.

Today, it has acquired just that, as UFC President Dana white revealed on ESPN’s “Sportscenter” that the rumored Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson light heavyweight co-main event is official.

The bout had been talked about for July 5’s UFC 175 co-main event, but those plans changed when both Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva and now Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis pushed their way onto the growing card, which features a pivotal middleweight title match between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida.

After that fight was pulled from UFC 173 due to Weidman’s recent knee injuries, the event had a fraction of the hype it once did. The card now features a bantamweight championship contest between surging champion Renan Barao and upstart contender T.J. Dillashaw, but it could be argued that the Cormier/Hendo throwdown is going to get a lot more attention.

And perhaps it should, as White also speculated that the winner of the bout could not surprisingly be in line for the next light heavyweight title shot after Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson gets the chance he earned by finishing Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 in March.

Of course, divisional champion Jon Jones will defend the belt in his highly anticipated bout against Glover Teixeira in the main event of this Saturday night’s (April 26, 2014) UFC 172 from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Although Jones is heavily favored to win, a Teixeira upset could throw a massive wrench in all those plans.

Gustafsson has been promised the shot regardless of who comes out victorious in Baltimore, so Jones would likely face the winner of that bout unless he were to square off with the winner of Cormier vs. Henderson for a No. 1 contender’s spot.

That’s a lot of “ifs,” but it’s definitely not bad news because all of the sudden, light heavyweight is rife with new and exciting possibilities.

Henderson recently resurrected his illustrious career (which many thought was nearly finished after three straight losses) with a thunderous come-from-behind knockout of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 38 in late March. Still, his bout with Cormier will be his first without testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) since 2006-2007.

Cormier has yet to prove himself against a top competitor in the UFC, but he’s fought and beat some of the best heavyweights in the world during his undefeated rise to contention.

We also can’t forget this weekend’s Phil Davis vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson co-main event, because the winner of that will firmly supplant himself in the title picture as well, especially with a finish.

With so many top-level challengers populating the 205-pound arena, will this spell the end of Jones’ reign, or merely serve to make it even more legendary?

Photos: Tom Szczerbowski for USA TODAY Sports

  • Brandon "The Truth ' Vera wasn't available for DC. What about Mark Coleman, I'm sure his schedule is pretty free.

  • Ivy

    Who doesn't like Hendo? But, to just give him whatever shot he wants or to pretend he is a legit contender anymore is a waste of precious time.

    • I agree… BUT… we can't ignore that the man just knocked out Shogun. So he kind of worked himself back into contendership.

      • Ivy

        I can sharp you for that.

  • I think Cormier has him outclassed but it's a very marketable and potential exciting fight. It's tough to say Hendo is true legit contender, but if somehow pulls this one off, it would quite the poetic justice to see him finally match up against Bones before he retires.

  • I think Cormier has him outclassed but it's a very marketable and potentially exciting fight. It's tough to say Hendo is true legit contender, but if somehow pulls this one off, it would quite the poetic justice to see him finally match up against Bones before he retires.

    • Yeah i don't see a way in hell for Dan to win this one… DC is like a runaway train. It's probably gonna be fast and it won't be pretty. I wish they didn't make this fight. I don't wanna see Dan go out like that.

    • This will have completed the DC emergency test system, had this been an actual emergency……….

  • X you mean LUCKED himself back into contendership. You seen how slow & gassed he was before he landed that blow. Like Burger King, DC is going to have it his way!

    • Lucked? if you do the exact same thing 14x like Hendo and EVERYBODY knows you're coming in to do just that…. Its not LUCK my friend. Hendo has 1 gameplan and 1 gameplan only. Knock your fucking head off with the H-Bomb.

      And he didn't look slow to me at all. Watch the fight again and look at how he accelerates in some of those exchanges. That's how he fights. It's part of his game plan. He moves at a slow pace and then explodes. He did look a lil gassed cause he got his ass whooped the first round.

      • Damn Xperience, how much you lift bro?

        • 460lbs (Deadlift) 420lbs (Squats) 285lbs (Bench)

          • and……a 40 oz. 8))

          • By the way, I cant find my floorjack. Could you be so kind as to hold up the back of my other car so I can change the tire XP?

          • Fuck you, Pay me!!! 😀

          • It'll be cash, if I miss a payment…well

  • desperation mode on UFC part to save 173…hendo should have retired. he always has the H bomb thats great its not enough against cormier

  • Sick match up

  • Will Hendo be out pointed, will DC get caught by the H-Bomb?….oh the anticipation eludes.

    • DC will finish this… 1st or 2nd round TKO. He will look to make a statement, to secure the title shot.