Dan Henderson went through hell a few days ago with Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, but he’s already to get back into the cage.
Just hours after UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman pulled out of his bout with Lyoto Machida, Henderson took to twitter and offered his services to UFC President Dana White.
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) March 25, 2014
Henderson and Machida are no strangers inside the Octagon. The two fought for three rounds in February of 2013 at UFC 157, where Machida ended up winning a split-decision. The fight was a tedious affair and was booed loudly by the crowd in attendance.
A potential second bout between Henderson and Machida would face multiple obstacles before actually taking place.
For one, Machida has already been booked to fight Weidman on the July 5th card. Henderson/Machida II would require either Weidman to get injured once again, which is something that no MMA fan wants to see, or Machida giving up a guaranteed title shot for an earlier fight.
Second, Machida has dropped down to middleweight and been highly successful at his new weight class. Henderson competed at middleweight a multitude of times in his career, but has shown reluctance to fight at 185 since his unanimous decision loss to Jake Shields in 2009.
Third, the UFC tends to only do rematches when the first fight is highly controversial and exciting. The first bout between Henderson and Machida was very controversial, but not very exciting. There simply isn’t much demand to see a second bout between the two men.
Regardless of if this fight happens or not, fans should be elated to see that Henderson still wants to compete. After virtually every athletic commission banned TRT, there were questions as to whether Henderson, a noted TRT user, would still compete in the sport. Henderson’s willingness to fight Machida on short notice should answer all of those questions.
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