UFC 173 will be headlined by a Bantamweight title battle between Champion, Renan Barao taking on TJ Dillashaw, the card also features a top notch welterweight war between the number 1 ranked Robbie Lawler going toe-to-toe with the 5th ranked Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger.
Now the card just recieved its co-main event.
A number 1 contender’s bout for the UFC 205-pound gold, a title that will be defended this weekend when champion Johnny Jones takes on challenger Glover Teixeira.
The two combatants next in line to face off for the opportunity will be either Dan Henderson (30-11) or Daniel Cormier (14-0).
Henderson just came off of a shocking come from behind knockout and ‘Fight of the Night’ performance over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, a fight where Hendo was able to land a patented H-bomb on the Brazilian and drop him head first to win the fight in the third round. Dan was dropped previously in the bout at UFN 38 which was rematch of the 2011 fight of the year that Dan also won but by way of unanimous decision.
Cormier will look to continue his success as a UFC light heavyweight as he enjoyed it at heavyweight. When he was in the heavy division he was able to outperform former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and the 9th ranked heavyweight Roy “Big Country” Nelson. He extended his dominance in his 205-pound debut by defeating Patrick Cummins by TKO in the first round of their heated bout at UFC 170.
Both Dan and Daniel have incredible wrestling pedigrees and accolades.
Cormier received NCAA Division 1 all-american honors in 2001 and won gold medals wrestling for team USA at the 2003 Pan-Am Games in Santo Domingo and again at the Pan-Am Championships in Maracaibo.
Henderson struck gold at the Pan-Am Championships in Cali for Greco-Roman wrestling and recieved 3 silver medals, one in ’94 in mexico city in the Pan-Ams another in ’94 at the world cup in Kecskemet and the final in ’96 in Colorado Springs for the world cup.
Both are decorated wrestlers that are proven stand-up finishers, but when will father time catch up to Hollywood Henderson? On May 24th at UFC 173, henderson will be 2 months away from being a decade older than Cormier. Will his speed falter or can the old lion climb the UFC light heavyweight mountain once more?