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.
11.13.2007 - 8:54:00 PM -
Hendo won't move to middleweight
Despite rumors that mentioned Dan Henderson moving to middleweight to unify the 185 lb. belts at UFC 81 it appears that Dan won't be cutting to 185 anytime soon. The Fight Network had the scoop from the UFC 78 Press Conference:
White conceded he had no idea who would be next to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight championship. He said he had continued attempts to coax former Olympian Dan Henderson into a title fight with Silva. Henderson remains resistant to the move.
"It appears that Dan Henderson may very well be fighting on the UFC 79 Nemesis December 29th card. While on a trip to Vegas this weekend, Bubba the Love Sponge mentioned on his Satellite Radio program today that he ran into Henderson. He stated that Dan mentioned in conversation that he thought he would be fighting in December. Bubba went on to say that Dan would not say who he would be fighting, but did mention that he may be fighting at 185 lbs."
The Bubba the Love Sponge Show can be heard every Monday through Thursday from 3-7 p.m. ET and on Friday from 6-10 a.m. ET on Sirius Channel 101.
"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.
Henderson is competing in the UFC under terms of his Pride contract, which has one fight remaining. He turned down the UFC's initial offer on an extension, but remains hopeful the two sides can reach an agreement.
He also went on to say that he didn't feel that a fight with Tito Ortiz would get do much for him at this point:
"It's not the fight that I'd ask for. Beating Tito won't get me a rematch (with light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson). I don't think he's top five (in the 205-lb. division). I'd have to beat at least a top three guy to get the rematch."
Dan Henderson says dealing with the UFC on compensation and contracts is challenging and not as easy as previous negotiations with Pride Fighting Championships.
"It seems like guys could be happier," Henderson said. "Part of the problem is that they had a couple, three bad shows and got killed in Ireland (at UFC 72) on the money. And, possibly the fact that they spent a boatload of money buying Pride and didn't do anything with it; they are trying to make some cutbacks, and the fighters aren't overly happy about that."
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