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Dan Henderson Calls Out Lyoto Machida; Asks to Replace Weidman

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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.


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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Daniel Reveles
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Daniel Reveles' interest in Mixed Martial Arts began at the age of fourteen while attending a Fantasy Football draft at a Friend's house. That day Daniel's buddies ordered UFC 88 on Pay-Per-View featuring lauded striker and hometown hero Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squaring off with Division One Wrestler “Suga” Rashad Evans. After seeing “the wrestler” Rashad Evans put the Ice Man out cold with an overhand right, Daniel became instantly hooked by the unpredictability of the sport. Since that moment Daniel has become well versed in Mixed Martial Arts History and has yet to miss an event. Daniel is currently studying at the University of California Santa Barbara to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Communications with hopes of becoming the next big media mogul. When he is not watching MMA or studying you can find Daniel hanging out with his family and friends or taking in a game at the lovely Dodger Stadium.