Dan Henderson Hasn’t Decided to Return to Middleweight… but He Hasn’t Decided Not To

June 26, 2014
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Despite reports to the contrary, UFC fighter Dan Henderson hasn’t yet determined what weight class he’ll fight in next.

Since losing the Strikeforce middleweight championship to Jake Shields in April of 2010, Henderson has since fought at light heavyweight, save for his TKO stoppage of Fedor Emelianenko in a one-off heavyweight bout.

His results since returning to the UFC at 205 pounds, however, have been less than stellar. Henderson has put on some tremendous fights, but has only managed a 2-4 record in the Octagon during his recent run.

Despite the facts suggesting a drop back down to middleweight might be in his best interests, Henderson on Wednesday said that he hasn’t yet made such a determination, shooting down speculation that his next fight was already set at middleweight.

“It’s funny how rumors get started,” Henderson wrote on Twitter. “If you have read that I will be returning to middleweight.  Not true, but always a possibility.”

Henderson has followed such an approach throughout his career, frequently fighting at whatever weight class offered him the best fight. He held championship belts at both 183 and 205 pounds concurrently, while fighting for Pride FC.

So, while he hasn’t made the decision to fight at middleweight in his next trip to the Octagon, he hasn’t decided not to, either.

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  • Joseph Koerner

    He weighed 199 lbs soaking wet for his last fight at 205… Sounds like he should start alternating 185 and 170 going forward…

  • Mark McDowall

    I think the TRT was helping him maintain size…he is a small 205 as evident in his last fight. He either needs to go to 185 or retire.

    • Dragon Kid

      Rashad should go to MW before Hendo.

      • Mark McDowall

        I don’t know about before…but they should both be at 185 no doubt.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Who does anyone want to see him fight? At 43 years old, he’s not in the contender picture anymore. So you would look to him more of a gate keeper. And with that, one name comes to mind, Tim Kennedy. He doesn’t have any draw power yet, but a win over Hendo would put two big name feathers in cap! Put it on FOX, Hendo brings the casual fans and it’s a win/win for the UFC.

    • Mark McDowall

      Not a terrible idea…but if Hendo were to win…it would kill Kennedy’s run and put him waaayyyy back in line.

      • TheCerealKiller

        If Tim did lose, he deserves to be way back in line. He thinks he’s in the title picture, but he needs a win like this to actually put him in it.

        • Mark McDowall

          I think he’s a couple good wins away from the title picture…but a win over Hendo doesn’t move him any closer I don’t think. But a loss sets him waaayyyyy back in line.

  • laleggenda27

    People always throw around the concept of “natural” weight class. These same people like to say that Hendo is a “natural” MW (often in an attempt to discredit someone who beat him). But logic would dictate that a fighter’s “natural” weight class is the division in which they perform best. The fact of the matter is that Hendo has always performed better at LHW. Hence, he’s a “natural” LHW. If he wants to cut to 185, all power to him. But don’t expect him to set the world on fire at MW.

    • TheCerealKiller

      He’s 43 and off of TRT, which he claimed he needed. I expect him to retire or be a gate keeper.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    everyone distributes their weight differently but Hendo always looked so much smaller than all the other Light Heavy Weights. The biggest issue is, regardless of weight class, he can’t beat the top guys. And at 43..who can blame him?