Winner Between Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson Likely to Earn UFC Title Shot

April 3, 2014
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05-Daniel-Cormier-UFC-170-w-0617-478x270The proposed fight between Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson is near being finalized, and the winner of the bout will likely earn a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title, according to a report on Wednesday.

UFC Tonight reported that the fighters have both agreed to the UFC 175 match-up, and have been told that the winner will be next in line for a shot at the belt after Alexander Gustafsson.

As of now, current title holder Jon Jones is preparing for a fight with Glover Teixeira later this month at UFC 172 in Baltimore. When that match-up concludes, the winner will be paired with Gustafsson on a fight card to be announced thereafter.

MMAWeekly.com confirmed with sources over the weekend and earlier this week that the Cormier-Henderson fight was in the works for the UFC 175 pay-per-view. The fight is expected to be made official soon.

The July 5 card, which takes place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, will be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida.

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  • mmanative

    Terrible match up for dan but never know in mma. But I see dc dominating everywhere in this fight.

  • Reed

    I think Hendo can do it. It just takes one punch. Henderson and Cormier basically have the same reach and height.

  • Lamont

    No more trt for dan. Dana trying to get dan killed and cormier a shoein for title shot

  • carsti07 .

    Dan takes every fight!

  • Dragon Kid

    Cormier gonna wreck the old man

  • snapdad

    I would love to see hendo win this one. I cant stand comier, but I think cormier takes this fight easy

  • Seth

    With all respect and love for Dan Henderson, who’s a legend in this sport…thats bullshit. That would be one of the worst contender’s fights…are you serious? :/

  • Joe Dog

    Poor old Henderson with or without his TRT has no chance. Cormier will have his way with Henderson anywhere or any way the fight goes. It seems like a waste of time. Might as well forget this fight and give Cormier his title shot.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      This fight is a foregone conclusion, no different than Spider vs. Bonnar or Jones vs. Chael. I’d rather see DC wait for Rashad to recover. How long is Rashad out for?

  • Jon Doe

    “Flat Face?” a little childish? what..? he isnt sexy enough for you?

  • ufc is full of it

    this is BS!!!! why even make DC fight?? if it isnt a complete can its an over the hill man. have him fight someone in the top 20 for crying out loud!

    • Me

      Henderson is ranked #7 by MMAweekly (who’s rankings are generally the best) and #7 sounds about right. I agree that it’s as close to a gimme fight as the UFC could give Cormier to guarantee him a title shot and not have it be a complete joke but even an over-the-hill Dan Henderson is far from a can. At this point in his career he’s a “match up fighter.” Give him the right match up, even if it’s an excellent fighter and he’ll shine but give him the wrong match up and he’s toast. Cormier qualifies as a terrible match up: way too fast and way too powerful of a wrestler.

      Should this be Cormier’s title eliminator? Absolutely not but I’ve given up on the idea of the UFC ever being a Meritocracy.

      • Seth

        I stopped reading after “who’s rankings are generally the best”. For a longer while Miesha Tate was ranked here as #2 or #3, now she’s top 10 P4P for Woman…she’s only UFC fighter to be ranked AT ALL without a single win in the UFC.

        Those rankings are effed up, just like any other. Especially “official” UFC rankings.

        • Me

          I never mentioned the UFC’s rankings. And while there’s usually some disagreement about rankings in general MMAweekly’s rankings tend to be among the most respected and deservedly so. Nitpicking at particular moments and fighters you disagree with doesn’t change that. As far as the women’s rankings are concerned it’s a new element and a new aspect of the sport with barely enough fighters as a whole to round it out so there’s bound to be some unusual elements involved. And show me the rankings from any source with any merit that don’t have Henderson listed somewhere between 6 and 8 (good luck with that).

          • Seth

            He’s 1-3 in last 4, with only win being over another old and irrelevant at this point fighter. Seriously, is he legit top 10? He is dangerous, but he’s not top 10 guy, no matter how many poeple say he is.

          • Me

            Look a little deeper than just the win-loss column. Henderson doesn’t compete against middle-of-the-road journeymen. 2 of those losses were close, split decision drops to top tier competition that could have gone either way and the other was a very quick, very early stoppage to Belfort so yes, having him listed somewhere between 8 and 6 like literally every credible source has him listed is accurate.

          • Seth

            Yeah, as legit as Tate being top 5 or Nicky Diaz deserving title shot in UFC. The world you live in has to be amazing, my friend.

          • Me

            A weak reply laced with mediocre sarcasm doesn’t really rate a response but here’s one anyway. If you’re implying through Diaz that I somehow said Henderson deserves a title eliminator than you didn’t read the post since I agreed with all concerned that Cormier/Henderson shouldn’t be one for either man. If you’re implying through Tate that MMAweekly’s rankings are invalid that’s an “argument” (such as it is) that you’ve already made and has already been thrashed. Circling back to it implies nothing more than the fact that you’re running out of things to say. Regardless, neither Tate nor Diaz have anything to do with the discussion at hand (namely Henderson’s legitimate place within the rankings as postulated by literally every respected MMA media outlet that exists). But hey, if you want to keep setting up your straw men and knocking them down have at it.

            Frankly this conversation is retreading worn ground and getting boring. You strike me as the type who thinks posting last somehow means you “won” so please feel free. My point is more than made and I can’t think of a reason to read or respond to anything else you have to say on the subject.

          • Seth

            Neither I think posting last means I won, neither I see this as pointless conversation. You still didn’t explain to me how Hendo is Top 10 LHW today.

            Rankings aren’t made based on how close fight was. Rankings were designed to show who is the best fighter. He had 2 close fights? Great. Good for him. He still didn’t win them. He still LOST. And that’s what counts at the end. He is 1-3 and doesn’t belong into Top 10 rankings.

            Now, is he capable of winning against Top 10 guys? Sure he is. No one is H-Bombproof. He can knock any human being out with one punch, he proved that time and time again. But he turns into Roy Nelson, who spams with his right hand as well, hoping to knock his opponent out quickly. Hendo isn’t able to keep up with younger, more well rounded and better fighter at this point. He can win only if he can land that right hand on your chin. And I’m sure that one thing doesn’t mean he is Top 10 fighter.

            Even if we pick his last fight as a reason for him being in Top 10 – that’s still not enough. He beat old Shogun, who also was left behind at this point. Neither one of them is relevant LHW today. They are big names, that some younger guys will put on their records to say “Hey, I beat Hendo” or “I just defeated Shogun” – but that still doesn’t mean much in today’s MMA.

          • Austin, TX

            Hendo is top ten dude. He could have easily been 3 and 1 in his last 4 fights. Every fighter he faces is either a champion or an ex champion. All the ranking systems seem to agree. I watched all those fights. He beat all those guys except vitoroid. (Vitor has failed 2 drug tests now.) Hendo has never failed any tests for anything period. His levels of everything are always normal. trt included. He’s just getting old now. he only started in in 2007 when his natural levels began dropping. His heyday and his Pride victories were all pre trt.
            I mean I agree with some of what you are saying though. I’m just saying.

          • Seth

            “He could have been” but he’s not. Since he’s not I don’t see a point to call him top 10 LHW. I love Hendo, as majority of MMA fans, but calling him Top 10 LHW is as retarded as calling Nicky Diaz Top 10 WW.

          • Austin, TX

            Again he actually is top ten. Look at any ranking system. If you don’t believe he is then that is your right. It’s just that people disagree with you, the majority of them rank him in the top ten. I agree with you though on Diaz. But disagree on Hendo. Again, you’re entitled to your opinion, like anybody else. It’s not retarded as you put it. A retarded example would for instance pairing up womens and mens mma p4p in the same column, which actually is retarded…and which the UFC actually does. But I don’t think calling Hendo top 10 is retarded. Who else then is top ten that somehow isn’t on there that’s better than Hendo? That has a proven track record like Hendo against legend after legend his entire career, etc.

          • Seth

            Again, Hendo can beat anybody at LHW. If he lands that right hand. Its not like he was dominating Shogun before he finished him. It was other way around, with Shogun in control, finger tip away from finishing him – then Hendo landed that one punch. But that’s perfect example – if he can catch you with that right hand, you are out 9 times out of 10. But that’s it. That’s only thing today’s Hendo can do. And that + being 1-3 in last 4 don’t really show him as top 10 fighter.

          • Austin, TX

            Again, the various ranking systems across the board disagree with you. :)

          • Seth

            You don’t see my point. For me, he may be one the ten best guys at LHW today. But rankings should work based on accomplishments and current streak of a fighter. Same why DC shouldn’t be ranked. He beat unranked UFC fighter, who made his debut on short notice. Would I like to see DC Vs JJ? Yup, that’s one I’m waiting for. Do I think he deserves that shot. Absolutely. Do I think he should be ranked as top 10? Nope. But that doesn’t mean I don’t see him as one of the best at LHW. If you want to stick to the rankings, then yeah – you are free to do so. But if you do so, then stick to it and obey the rules. They should be ranked based on who they’ve beat recently, what kind of streak they have – not on fans opinion about their skills, nor about their popularity.

      • TheCerealKiller

        MMAweekly rankings haven’t been updated since October. They are completely irrelevant.

        • Me

          Ok, pick another – show me any ranking system from any source with any merit that doesn’t have Henderson listed somewhere between 8 and 6.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Sherdog has him at #6, but with
            Ryan Bader, Chael, Jimi Manuwa and Emanuel Newton below him, you can see the division is getting a little weak right now. Everyone on the list above deserve a title shot before Hendo does. Shogun and DC are not ranked at LHW.

          • Me

            Sherdog is only one of many (really every) ranking systems that have Henderson in the 8 to 6 range. And how weak you perceive the current lhw division to be or Cormier’s place within those rankings is irrelevant with regards to Henderson’s ranking within said division. Really the only guys that deserve a shot at the belt more than any other are Texiera and Gustafsson – everything else after them is a free for all. I’ve already said this is simply the UFC’s way of lining up Cormier for a title shot and that it shouldn’t be his title eliminator (although it’s not his fault Evans got injured) but again, none of that has any relevance on Henderson’s current ranking within the top 10. In fact it’s pretty common for guys who are skirting around the edge of the rankings (10 to 7) and slowly dropping off to be used as cannon fodder for the more “legitimate” contenders perceived to be more serious competition for the champ or whom the UFC just wants to give a go at the belt. Beyond a doubt Henderson’s days in the top 10 are numbered but he’s still there and he’s earned the right for as long as it lasts (which is not very).

    • joe

      3 losses last year for an older hendo sounds bad. But if you actually watched any of the fights 2 decision losses were split and could of gone eitherway. And the KO from Vitor was early stoppage. Then he takes Shoguns best punches still manages to knock him out..but he is over the hill?

  • XIRand0mHeroIX

    I think even with a win DC should have to fight Rashad or Davis after he beats Johnson

    • gq

      Johnson?

      • XIRand0mHeroIX

        Phil Davis vs Anthony Johnson ufc 172

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      Rashad’s injured was very disappointing. That fight had the potential to be very memorable. I hope it happens someday.

  • brad king

    horace why did you change your name to homer wilson

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    Why announce title shots 3 fights down the line? At least let Jones and Alex fight first, they should have an immediate trilogy if its as close as last time. ANd Hendo’s too old to sit on the bench for a year waiting

    • RoBeRtOe

      Why?? Are you an idiot????? To get more people interested in this card and more PPV buys dipshit. That’s why…

      • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

        youre so stupid

    • Maven

      I agree that announcing long-term title shots is in poor form, but if Jones beats Gustaf again, even if its close, then I don’t want the trilogy. For me, I’d like to see Gustaf win another fight before a title shot; yes he beat Manuwa handily, but allowing the title picture to develop more clearly is much better, and leads to legitimate hype for title fights. If the UFC could have more patience in this area, the long-term bottom line will only get better.

      • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

        Except Alex argueably won that first fight , he deserves it

  • TheCerealKiller

    So if Glover wins, DC/Henderson gets a title shot before Jones gets a rematch?

    • Austin, TX

      Probably yeah. Once you lose the title all bets are off and you generally have to win once again at least to go back to a title fight… unless it was a toss up fight -and even then its not guaranteed. (like the first Gus/Jones matchup.) Which I thought Gus won.

      But Jones will probably stay away from GLover’s power and peck away from outside with kicks etc to win it.

  • TheCerealKiller

    I take it your “horace” account got banned?

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    Change the title of this article to say DC will get a title shot after Alex.

    • Whackster

      Quite the idiot comment.

  • joe

    If this is true, then I retract my statement of it being a “lose lose fight for hendo”. It is worth it now

    • The Prognosticator

      Don’t ever question the wisdom of The Prognosticator :). Bet on Henderson. The is the easiest road possible for Henderson to receive another title shot in lieu of the one he lost to Chael Sonnen.

      • joe

        lol I agree..it should be hendo easiest fight in the last like 7 fights.

  • joe

    You guys can’t have it both ways. You can’t say Hendo is a can and that DC hasn’t proven himself but yet this is a gimme fight for DC. Incase you don’t know Hendo just F’d shogun up. and is very much just as good as he was.

    • already know

      While on trt. No more trt allowed. Henderson will be going thru withdraw and low testerone, meaning no energy or no aggression ..sheesh,,a child could figure this one out. Dc should fight winner of davis vs johnson

      • joe

        Possible, but everyone’s comments on here are bashing hendo based on his performances and don’t include TRT. TRT could play a factor, but there are also other natural ways to boost testosterone. I mean his situation and a guy like chael are different. So I admit I don’t know how big of a factor that will be, but I do think it will effect guys recovery and training more than actual fight. And lets face it hendo may work hard but isn’t a cardio maniac as it is, he fights more off instinct. So he most likely will be the same hendo.

  • fedor is the best ever

    What are all the Jones and cormier fans going to say when Glover and Dan both win? At least they can see Jones vs cormier now..

    • Joe Dog

      I want what you are smokin’.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Horace, you’re back already?!

  • justin

    What a pathetic division. I suppose there are more deserving candidates but the idea that either of these two would get a shot based on this fight is terrible.