1.08.2008 - 1:06:00 AM -
Dan Henderson thinks he's a good matchup for Anderson Silva
Dan Hendersonthinks that he matches up well with Anderson Silva stlye wise. I have to tend to agree. If anyone is going to take out Silva it's going to be a hard nosed wrestler that can take a punch so they can get inside and take The Spider down and hold him there. Henderson does have a great equalizer in that big fucking right hand. That being said I still think Anderson Silva's going to take this one. Here's what Hendo had to say:
"I'm excited. I'm ready to go kick his ass. Style-wise, I'm just a bad fight for him. He's very tough, very talented, but he hasn't fought anybody like me. My strength is the clinch game, and I don't get out of position there to allow strikes. That's what he thrives on - guys that are out of position and not very good in that clinch. For me, that's where I'm going to beat him up, and if he gets there with me, I'm going to be taking him down and beating him up on the ground."
11.18.2007 - 4:52:00 PM -
UFC 82: Dan Henderson vs Anderson Silva
At the post UFC 78 press conference it was announced that former pride 205 lb. and 183 lb champion Dan Henderson will face Anderson Silva at UFC 82. UFC 82 is set for March 1st at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
There has been a lot of talk of Dan Henderson dropping to 185 after Anderson Silva's dismantling of Rich Franklin at UFC 77. Henderson has said he didn't want to drop to 185 when he can beat people at 205. He also stated that he wanted to stay at 205 because thats where the big money fights are. Henderson only had one fight left on his contract after the fight with Rampage. I would assume if this bout were to take place that they have come to some sort of terms on an extension. This could very possibly be another reason as to why they signed Sokoudjou.
"I want to stay at 205 (pounds) for now, but I will give it some thought about going down," Henderson said. "If I did go down, I'd try to make them (UFC) a deal if I get the title and defend it so many times, that I would get to challenge for the title above."
Henderson says a fight against Anderson Silva is an attractive option, but isn't convinced the UFC would bring enough money to entice him.
After the fight with Rich Franklin it now seems as though there are only a few people in the world at 185 that could give Anderson Silva run for his money. Dan Henderson is one of them. Dan would take Anderson down eventually. I don't see Silva being able to knock Hendo out but it would be a good fight. I still think Anderson Silva walks away with the title.
UFC 67 Weigh-in Results Travis Lutter (Pictures) (186.5) vs. Anderson Silva (185) Eddie Sanchez (229) vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (Pictures) (223) Marvin Eastman (Pictures) (203) vs. Quinton Jackson (Pictures) (205) John Halverson (155) vs. Roger Huerta (Pictures) (156) Patrick Cote (Pictures) (185) vs. Scott Smith (185) Terry Martin (Pictures) (186) vs. Jorge Rivera (Pictures) (185) Frank Edgar (154) vs. Tyson Griffin (Pictures) (156) Sam Hoger (Pictures) (206) vs. Ryoto Machida (Pictures) (203) Diego Saraiva (Pictures) (155) vs. Dustin Hazelett (Pictures) (156)