Fresh off his technical knockout of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 38, Dan Henderson said he wants to replace injured UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 174 and fight Lyoto Machida.
The 43-year-old fighter wrote to UFC President Dana White on Twitter, asking for the match-up.
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) March 25, 2014
Weidman injured his knee and was forced out of the May 24 title fight, according to a statement made by the organization on Monday. The bout has been rescheduled for July 5, which, like UFC 173, takes place in Las Vegas.
If it’s up to Henderson, however, the fight won’t get pushed back, and he’ll step in to fight Machida a second time, all in an effort to avenge his 2013 loss to the karate stylist.
Henderson and Machida first faced off at UFC 157. The two fought as the c0-main event for that evening’s pay-per-view, battling to a split-decision win in favor of Machida.
Henderson has said publicly that he felt Machida was “running” for a majority of the fight, and a the Temecula, Calif.-based fighter has been open to a rematch ever since.
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