POLL: Does Dan Henderson Truly Deserve A Title Shot If He Beats Daniel Cormier?


Former Pride and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson is still chasing the one major goal that has eluded him throughout his illustrious nearly 17-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

The 43-year-old slugger will attempt to lock up his coveted UFC title shot by beating undefeated former heavyweight Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of tonight’s (May 24, 2014) UFC 173 from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While the winner of that fight was supposedly guaranteed a shot at the winner of the awaited Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson rematch, UFC president Dana White recently gave his famous “we’ll see what happens” response regarding a Henderson win.

Last seen defeating “Shogun” Rua with a come-from-behind knockout at UFC Fight Night 38 in March, “Hendo” is still only 1-3 over last four, albeit with two close decision losses to top contenders Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida factoring in to those results.

If he can uncork an “H-Bomb” and knock Cormier out, does he truly deserve to fight for the title his next time out?

  • Give it to him if he wins. This is almost certainly his last chance.

  • If anyone can get thru DC they deserve a shot

    • Sorry for the weak… I was aiming for sharp and missed. I agree. Cormier is a beast. Beating him is no small task.

  • I don't think he "deserves" it right away. In my opinion he should beat 1 more top opponent, because of his 1-3 record in the last 4 fights… BUT… if he wins i would like him to get the shot anyway cause this is probably his last run.

  • If he somehow manages to beat the beast known as Daniel Cormier, then yes he deserves a shot at the winner of Jones vs. Gustafsson.

    When you beat the man, you become the man, and right now Cormier is the man. He's most certainly the man right behind "The Mauler." I'd be disappointed if he didn't get it and I would fail to understand the logic behind not giving it to him.

  • gm1

    If there is anything pathetic, it is brown nosers. Talk about cutting the line after 2 loses in a row… WHATEVER is noble is unoble and whatever is unoble is noble. Dan had many chances in the past to win consecutively and earn it. Unfortunately for DC, if he loses, he throws his chance to the belt…

    Bottom line you win consecutively… You earn the shot…

  • he better be training to clip DC with the left hook, cuz DC avoided roy nelson's right hand pretty easily. ! hope he can pull it off, even though i like both of these guys, How awesome would it be to see HENDO get a title shot, and even get the belt !