With Knee Healthy, Dan Henderson Focused on Lyoto Machida

February 17, 2013
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Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson’s knee is healthy and he’s focused solely on Lyoto Machida.

Henderson is on a four-fight win streak.  He defeated Maurico “Shogun” Rua in his last outing at UFC 139 in November 2011.  The bout won Fight of the Night on the card and Fight of the Year honors for 2011.

A knee injury sidelined him in 2012, but Henderson says the knee is healthy and he’s ready to go.

Henderson’s knee injury cost him a title fight with Jon Jones at UFC 151.  He now co-headlines UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim against former titleholder Machida.

“It just was very unstable. I didn’t need surgery, but I probably prolonged it a little bit and tried to get in and train on it and do things on it which may or may not of made the healing process a little slower, but I know that it’s good now and I’m able to go 100-percent,” said Henderson about his knee on a media conference call promoting the event.

The winner could be next in line for a title shot, but Henderson isn’t looking that far ahead.

“Well, just like any fight nowadays, there’s a lot on the line and it’s definitely going to be a huge challenge and I’m not really even looking past it. This fight, I just want to make sure that my game plan is there and my mind is in this fight and we’ll see what happens after that,” said Henderson.

The winner may get to fight the winner of Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, who fight on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.  Machida believes the winner would have earned it, but Alexander Gustafsson could be in line if he defeats Gegard Mousasi at UFC on Fuel TV 9 on April 6 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  • Mark McDowall

    Anyone else feel that if Hendo looses badly to Michida that he will retire?

    • Between wrestling and mma Hendo has had his time and done enough in the sport. But you got to love his drive and love for the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if he retired any fight now. The only thing is a loss to Machida even a bad one isn’t a reason to retire b/c Machida is an incredible fighter. Any fights you want to see Hendo in before he does retire though?

      • Mark McDowall

        Thats it really…I can’t think of any fights I would like to see him in. If he gets by Michida he will get whooped by Jones. If he doesn’t get past Michida then what?? I agree he has given alot to the sport but with his age and the new crackdown on TRT the UFC is coming up with who knows if he will be able to continue to compete at the top level. I just don’t want to see another great career ending like Chuck Lidell’s.

        Although now that I think about it Hendo vs Bader would be interesting simply because it would be like Hendo fighting a new improved version of himself.

        • Sucks to know a legends time could be up any fight now.

          • Mark McDowall

            Agreed. Thats why I think a loss here and he should walk away still relatively on top. It was very hard to see Lidell go out like he did and basically be forced in to retirement.

    • uncle

      Hendo is not Randy if we do MMA math Dan beat
      the guy who Koed Machida so a healthy Dan is

      • Mark McDowall

        ok…but Machida also beat Shogun the first time round. Then lost to Rampage who also beat Hendo…so what?

        • uncle

          That first win was controversial so when
          Machida got blasted the second time I felt
          justice was served whats your point about
          Rampage he is irrelevant

          • Cptmats

            I though the first fight was a good decision. Shogun did a lot more damage but Machida won the first three straight !

        • Eric

          mma math doesn’t work, not a good way to predict fights. This is a good match up and I think can go either way. Both guys really need to win. Hendo needs to keep winning to stay away from retirement and Machida needs to keep winning in order to keep from becoming a stepping stone in the 205 division. At least we never seen Hendo vs Jones so I’m routing for Hendo. Hopefully he will at least put Jones’ chin to a serious test.

          • Mark McDowall

            I agree with you its a good match up. And your right….who ever looses is pretty much out of it. Hendo should retire with a loss, and Michida becomes the Uriah Faber @ 205.

            And as far as testing Jones chin…I really dont see Hendo being about to overcome a 12″+ reach advantage. But who knows. Lucky punches happen all the time…

          • bmc92

            i agree mma math does not work if that was the case rich franklin should of beat lee cause lee lost to wandy who lost to franklin haha, its the fighter that shows up hungry on the night gets the w.

      • Cptmats

        ” a healthy Dan is Dangerous”

        Yeah for about a round and a half !
        If Hendo is to have a chance its gotta happen early but i don’t see it happening !

  • Marc Livingood

    Well in my view he lost to Shogun how can you win a fight when you foe has you mounted and is beating the crap out of you in the 4th and 5th round. They need to make a rule that says “A fighter cant be saved by the bell until he is able to get out of that bad position”. If he can get out of it the fight can go to the scorecards if he cant we then have a just and clear winner. A battle is a journey what happens along the way is not as important as how it ends.

    • bmc92

      iv actually thought about that too!! if it was a fight between two ordinary guys then the one thats on top of the other beating them in the face at the end is clearly the winner. i love shogun but dan won the fight in rounds but as in an actual fight shogun won i think. i also think hendo beats michida i didnt at first but i just cant see michida koing hendo.

    • shakejunt

      i forgot who it was, but someone in the fight game had said they were creating a circuit that was like that where rounds would only end if it was at a neutral point.

    • Cptmats

      Damage has to count for somthing as well and the truth is Hendo did more damage in the second round than Shogun did in five rounds. Three rounds to Two for hendo With Shogun having a 10-8 Rnd. 47-47 should have been a draw !