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Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida Bout Now in Doubt for UFC 156

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Dan Henderson at StrikeforceA UFC light heavyweight showdown between two of the top fighters in the division, Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida, has been targeted for UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend, but a shadow of doubt lingers over the fight… at least for the Feb. 2 event slated for Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

While Henderson said on last week’s edition of MMA Uncensored Live on Spike TV that he was told that UFC 156 was the target for such a bout, the injured knee that kept him out of the UFC 151 headliner against Jon Jones may delay a bout with Machida.

Henderson has returned to training, but has been taking things slow, making sure that he allows his knee to fully heal, so as not to set him back any further.

UFC officials, according to a report on Tuesday night’s UFC Tonight on Fuel TV, aren’t quite comfortable pulling the trigger and setting a Henderson vs. Machida bout for UFC 156 just yet.

The fight still looks likely to happen, it’s just a matter of if it will happen at UFC 156, and if not, when?

The UFC has already announced a handful of dates that closely follow Super Bowl weekend event with UFC on Fuel TV 6 on Feb. 16, UFC 157 on Feb. 23, and UFC on Fuel TV 8 on March 2. So there is ample opportunity to move that bout back by two or three weeks to ensure Henderson’s knee is fully recovered.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1216085612 Yannick Messaoud

    I cant wait to see Henderson fight again he is one of the best

    • bajafox

      Definitely, at his age the more we get to see of him the better before he retires

  • http://twitter.com/CombatScienceMA CombatScienceMMA

    This fight is going to be awesome. I like this better than Hendo fighting Jones and then Machida being next in line. This makes way more sense to have a legit contender.

  • http://twitter.com/DaleDeSouzaMMA Dale De Souza

    UFC on Fuel 6 already happened. UFC on Fuel 7, you mean to say.

  • rufus

    Lyota will put Hendo to sleep… But Lyota might lose a limb or something during the fight. It’s going down like pit bulls..

  • pogodog

    This fight makes absolutely no sense for Hendo. He has everything to lose and nothing to gain. He should be fighting for the championship. That is the only fight that means sense for Hendo.

  • Ed

    Dan is becoming a whiney little bitch. he complains about not get what is due to him and now he’s still being a sissy about his leg! you can’t have both ways. someone give him his Geritol and TRT and send him to bed!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/PJ-Brennan/42706433 PJ Brennan

      He’s been a fighter for well over a decade and the Jones fight was the first and only time he has ever pulled out of a fight due to injury. You are a nutcase.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/PJ-Brennan/42706433 PJ Brennan

      He’s been a fighter for well over a decade and the Jones fight was the first and only time he has ever pulled out of a fight due to injury. You are a nutcase.