UFC Angling for Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson at UFC 175 in Las Vegas

March 31, 2014
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Daniel-Cormier-Dan-Henderson-UFCThe UFC is working to make a light heavyweight match-up between Dan Henderson and Daniel Cormier at UFC 175, MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources close to the fight.

The fight is yet to be signed, sources said Monday, but there are still undisclosed items being ironed out in discussions. UFC President Dana White also wrote on Twitter that a deal for the fight “is not done.”

Should the fight be signed, Cormier (14-0) will come into UFC 175 on the heels of his successful light heavyweight debut last month over Patrick Cummins. The former heavyweight dismantled Cummins in the first round at UFC 170, gathering his third win the UFC since winning the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Henderson (30-11) fought just over a week ago, finishing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event at UFC Fight Night 39. The win over Rua stopped a three-fight losing streak for Henderson, giving him his first victory since 2011, which, coincidentally, also came against Shogun.

A report last week said that the organization was working to match Cormier with Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante on the UFC 175 card, but gears shifted to Henderson over the weekend, sources said.

UFC 175 will take place July 5 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    I like this fight, but if DC wins, it still puts him short of a title shot. After seeing Shogun rock Hendo last week, DC should be able to win this.

  • Trevor

    Dan will no longer be able to use Test Replacement and he is pretty damn old in a fighters world. I suspect we will see an even slower Henderson, he has been a great fighter over the years but his days are seriously numbered and he should get going while the going is good.

  • David Huenecke

    I agree with these posts. It seems like more of a novelty match for henderson while not doing much to move dc up the ladder. He needs a higher ranked fighter to be considered for a title fight. Unfortunately the lhws are pretty much all booked up for now.

    • Will

      Well this fight is a lot better for DC than his last. Me personally, i dont think DC should get any special treatment. Why should he just jump from HW to LHW and fight a top five fighter. I like the the guy and all, but he is no different than anyone else you know. I know the UFC is marketing this guy and investing a lot in this whole,”undefeated HW with the frame of a 205lbs guy” but lets be real, this division is different than HW. His last HW fight didnt put a stamp on anything, it was a good win but not a win that leaves everyones hands up in the air. The Cummins win was great but look at the opponent. If he gets a win over Hendo, It will at least prove DC belongs somewhere in the top five at LHW because it would be a win over a big name that just KOd shogun. Just my opinion, then again what do i know right??

      • David Huenecke

        I agree he shouldnt get special treatment cause its not like he was the champ and dropped down. Also his last fight was against a scrub that everyone knew he was gonna thrash. I just feel he could go against an opponent that if he beats will bump him up the ladder. I love hendo but is anyone really considering him a title contender. Hes like 44 and cant use trt anymore. Rashad would be good but i dont know his situation and like i said before most lhws are all booked up. I dont think it will be a bad fight i just think hendo has more to gain from the win than daniel does.

  • RubeKegal

    Has to be an April Fools Joke.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Why? Looks like a legit fight to me.

    • shakejunt

      hope so, though it is a funny joke

  • Hi, my name is Slim Shady

    If Hendo was a couple of years younger and juiced to the gills he would have a legit chance, but at this point he’s going in there with nothing but a puncher’s chance. In the meantime, DC gets a steady diet of comfortable fights.

  • The Prognosticator

    Contrary to everyone else, I think this is a good fight for Henderson. He has nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain from a victory. In my opinion, DC is an inexperienced and below average striker, and Henderson’s H-bomb can KO or TKO anyone at anytime during a fight. Henderson is also an unorthodox striker and throws the H-bomb from angles that are hard to replicate in training. This fight would come down to whether DC can take Henderson down at will. Personally, I don’t think he can. Furthermore, I believe that if this fight is five rounds, it also favors Henderson as DC has only fought one minute at 205 and is likely still adjusting to a new dieting and training regimen. To me, this has upset written all over it, I’d go with Henderson via TKO in round 3.

    • J.D.C.D.

      I like all your points but I honestly don’t see Hendo winning via TKO in the 3rd. I think DC will put a sick pace on Hendo and use his wrestling to his advantage. I don’t think he will play the stand up game and try to mess with Hendo & that H-Bomb.

    • Lucas Freire

      Lyoto took Hendo down. You really mean to tell me DC wouldn’t be able to do so?

      • The Prognosticator

        Please see term “at will.” Also note that many of Lyoto’s takedown set ups stem from his karate background. DC is a pure wrestler just like Henderson and sets his takedowns up with his wrestling style. I’m saying that if Henderson can stuff at least 1 out of every 2 of DC’s takedown attempts in a five round fight, he can land the H-bomb and win via TKO.

        • joe

          Finally someone with brains. I totally agree. Dc only wins with takedowns, and it should be interesting to see if he can take hendo down a lot. I mean I am sure he will but how much is the question…

        • Lucas Freire

          I understand. But, and now it’s my opinion, I think Hendo’s wrestling background was forgotten by him as he grew older. Up until Pride days he still used to fight smart, going for takedowns, and as a great athlete in general. I don’t think Hendo will be able to hold Cormier off because since Strikeforce he’s just as one dimensional as a fighter can be.
          If Cormier wants to take him down I think he’ll be able to do so with ease

      • joe

        True, but the karate kid didn’t use real wrestling to do it. DC will use wrestling moves that hendo should be very familiar with.

    • joe

      No/yes….No it isn’t a good fight for hendo because it is lose lose. A win over DC isn’t much. the shogun win was bigger. But yes I agree only way he loses is if DC gets him down. And I don’t know if he can. I mean hendo should be familiar with the type of wrestling takedowns DC will try.

      • The Prognosticator

        I respectfully disagree, DC has received a lot of hype from the UFC, i.e. speaking of him as an “undefeated heavyweight” coming down to lightweight presumably to defeat Jon Jones. Generally, most people believe DC is a top 10, or top 5 guy, at light heavyweight. See MMAWeekly Rankings. In my opinion, at this point in his career, DC has not earned the reputation he is currently enjoying. Most of his victories have come against heavyweights with weak wrestling and striking backgrounds, i.e. Frank Mir, Josh Barnett, Roy Nelson, and Antonio Silva. To me, Henderson would be, by far, DC’s toughest opponent to date. Finally, this is a good fight for Henderson because of the aforementioned hype surrounding DC. If Henderson wins, he has two consecutive victories against top 10 light heavyweights, which should put him one fight from a title shot, hence this being a “good fight” for him.

  • Naustradumbass

    Love this fight these are two most disrespected fighter going. Both have earn more respect than they got. So one or the other will finally get the respect they deserve. Hendo one of my all time favs but my prediction is DC is the next champ DC 3rd ref stoppage

    • shakejunt

      i’m not sure tagging zombie henderson is gonna get dc that kind of respect. wanting to stay active is admirable, and he’ll be acknowledged for that, but it’s apparent that they’re “feeding” him.

      • joe

        Feeding him? Last fight maybe but hendo isn’t feeding. If anything they are Fing hendo. Dude wants to win a title before he goes and on his last stand they are giving him a guy that means nothing if he wins. Zombie Henderson lol…well if you think hendo is a zombie then you should think shogun should be retired. I mean if a guy can take shoguns best punches and still manage to win it, than he sure as hell can beat DC. Either hendo H bomb. Or DC lays and prays. I mean DC never finished no big names, and really the biggest names he fought are roy nelson and frank mir. And he dec. win them.

        • shakejunt

          i do, in fact, think shogun should retire. the fight was sad.

          dan can’t wrestle anymore and dc isn’t gonna just sleep in his guard if he drops him. they’re screwing dan by feeding him to dc.

  • rick

    I dont think this is as evenly matched as everyone’s saying im saying the bigger, stronger and younger dc takes this one with ease. He do isn’t gonna be able to find a home for his patented h-bomb an because of that its gonna be a bad night for hendo

    • rick

      Hendo* not he do

  • neverhasbeen

    yes keep feeding DC cans or over the hill fighters.

    • Stefan Sivcev

      hendo is not a can hes just old ,but i agree he cant win

      • joe

        He is old. But he has been old for the last few years and is still relevant. Even with his 3 losses last year, if you look at the fights he didn’t do bad. Basically he faught 2 guys that ran the whole time, and a ko against Belfort was bad, but it was early stoppage. So the way I see it is, Hendo may be old in age. But as far as performance goes it is sort of difficult to say he has really lost a step. I mean he was rocked by shogun and when anyone else would of been done, he managed to come back and tko him. So too say he can’t win isn’t true. At the same time, I think DC could win, but not really likely.to happen. He is 14 and 0 but only beat 2 big names and only by decisions. And other than Roy Nelson…no1 was a knockout artist.

    • joe

      Hendo a can? He just took shoguns best shots and still managed to get win. How does that equal can? I mean it is a stupid fight for hendo, bc if he loses he is F’d and if he wins it doesn’t help him for the title because DC is a no1. But to say that he is a can is a little ridiculous.

  • J.D.C.D.

    Will this fight be at LHW or Middleweight? I could have sworn I saw from a Bleacher Report update that Hendo and DC would be at LHW. Personally I don’t think that is possible for DC as he just made LHW. To lose another 20 lbs would be insanely difficult.

    • Supaman

      lol, Hendo could make middleweight but Cormier can’t. LHW is hard enough for him. He has a kidney condition that developed when cutting weight for Olympics.

  • Yeppppp

    Love Hendo but he has a punchers chance at best. DC by decision if its a 3 round fight. 5 round fight DC finishes.

  • JDMMA

    That’s god match-up for both fighters BUT how’d Hendo coup without TRT?

  • King_DG

    Cormier smashes non-trt Henderson in the first round!

    • Austin, TX

      Hendo only started using trt in 2007 after his Pride heyday. (He ko’d silva when silva was Silva back in Pride to become the only man to hold 2 different belts in 2 different divisions in a major MMA organization…….non TRT.) He has his heyday without TRT. He didn’t abuse it. He only used an amount prescribed by his Dr. to equal the average male for his age after he turned 37. in late 2007. He’s never failed any sort of test or drug test ever. Unlike Vitor. Hendo is in a different category my friend.

      • King_DG

        I get where you’re coming from, but the dude isn’t 37 now, he’s like 43. Without TRT, he doesn’t stand a chance against DC. Look at his fight with Vitor, no TRT and he got KO’d. His “heydays” of KOing people without TRT are over. Look I like Hendo but yeah it may be time to retire no top because he won’t be able to keep up with with these young guys without TRT

    • joe

      Are you going basing that prediction because DC is ranked so high on the UFC rankings? If so you should reconsider if you are a betting man. DC isn’t bad but he beat a NO1 at his LHW debut. While everyone counts hendo out just because he was rocked 2 times against shogun, yet still managed to win.

      • King_DG

        I’m basing that prediction on Hendo’s last 2 fights. His fight with Vitor, he was not on TRT, he got KO’d. Last fight he was on TRT and destroyed Shogun. If he was allowed to be on TRT for this fight, then yeah I think he would KO dc. I might have went overboard with the first round, but maybe a 3rd or 4th round KO/TKO would be a little more appropriate.

  • uncle

    Hendo is looking like the tin man without oil when he is
    striking now , but when he use wrestling and striking he has better
    shot to win ,when he puts it all together but he has become 1 dimensional as of late

    • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

      Yeah Shogun , Bisping, etc got knocked out by the tin man. Youre about as smart as the cowardly lion

      • Wolf Ticket

        He said he looks like tin man NOW, yet you are bringing a fight that happened 5 years ago as a counter-argument…

        • joe

          Well shogun is a recent fight. And his 3 fight losing streak is weak. 2 close split decisions that oponents ran the whole time and a knockout loss that was early stoppage doesn’t mean he is a tin man at all. I mean anyone who takes shoguns best shots and still manages to come away with a win is dangerous.

          • uncle

            The reason he was on a losing
            streak, cause he is 1 dimensional

            if he don’t land that H bomb
            the other fighter will win

        • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

          Shogun was literally last week dumb a$$

      • uncle

        OK I guess you think he is on a run for
        the title ,wake up stupid a**

        • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

          DC IS looking for a run for the title. Duhhhhhhhhhhh

          • uncle

            I was talking about Hendo

      • joe

        You are right. Dudes all over this topic don’t know a thing. Yeah DC has a chance, but still should be a underdog. They act like Hendo use to be a Ninja and now is old and slow. That is not the case. He got totally rocked against shogun. And people bash him bc he is old…yet while the rest of lhw div. would of been out cold, hendo managed to stand up and finish shogun. So I don’t know what “tin man”” is about bc he is more like IRON MAN.

        • uncle

          DC the underdog you sound crazy
          you must of forgot there will be no
          TRT in this fight

  • uncle

    This better not be the main event

  • Kevin Musto

    Come on no chance for Hendo in this one. Looking slow and old, only chance is landing a bomb before he gets knocked out. Can he catch lightning in a bottle twice in a row?

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    All this fight does is ends Hendo’s career and gets Cormier no closer to a title shot. Its a no win situation, I hate it when Dana does this kind of match ups.

    • julian moran

      exactly.

    • Joe Dog

      If Cormier really creams Henderson as I believe he will, it should make make a statement and show his clear superiority in the division. If he just grinds out a decision win, Cormier would prove nothing.

  • Dragon Kid

    Cormier is gonna wreck the old man

    • Joe Dog

      It would seem.

  • Seth

    How that makes sense? Come on…Give him someone relevant finally! How long will we wait for his real LHW debut? :/

    • MMAFAN

      Well for one, remember that he was supposed to fight Rashad Evans, but injury put an end to that. So that would have been a true test. Who else would you recommend he fight other than Henderson? Everyone else is tied up.

      Secondly, Hendo is no joke. He may no longer still be in his prime, but he’s no easy task for anyone. DC most likely wins the fight, but Hendo has earned his right to get these kinds of fights.

      • Seth

        But Hendo’s not relevant at this point. It’s high risk/low reward for DC. At this point Hendo is just a big name on a record, but in reality – you are going there to beat up old man with testosterone problems. The fact that this old man have nuclear bomb in his hand just makes it worse – coz if you lose, you are out of potential title fight. If you win…well, its not like win over Hendo will really put DC out there as best LHW to challenge JJ…

        But that’s just another paycheck for DC, right? Good for him.

  • joe

    I don’t know why hendo will agree to this fight. For a guy gunning for title shot, a win over DC doesn’t mean much. He has nothing to gain, and although I think he can def. win …there is always the chance he could lose

    • MMAFAN

      I think you have this completely backwards. Hendo has much more to gain than Cormier does.

  • Mihael Hajdin

    big fan of both guys but this is a bad match-up for Hendo, DC will finish him for sure or at least dominate the whole time..

  • fsunoles10

    i hate this match up mostly because im a big fan of both guys and seeing either one of them lose will suck for me. that being said i got cormier cuz he is a better wrestler and is lighter on his feet. there is always the hbomb though.

  • Big_Tim

    I know most likely Hendo will lose, but I would not count him out if he can land that big punch, he could very well KO Daniel.Im sure Daniel will win via UD but dont count Hendo out !