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Lyoto Machida knows he has tough fight in front of him with Dan Henderson

Dan HendersonUFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida has looked sharp in nearly all of his fights, only falling to men who have worn the company’s championship as he himself did in 2009. While UFC 157 opponent Dan Henderson has yet to lay claim to a UFC belt, Machida’s not mistaking the lack of accomplishment for some sort of weakness. In fact, to hear “The Dragon” discuss Henderson, it’s clear he’s entering the bout with the understanding he’s in for an exceptionally tough task in beating the seasoned veteran.

“I always give my best in the fight, thinking I can achieve my goal which is to finish the fight ahead of time either by knockout or submission. But I’m not worried that Dan Henderson has never been knocked out. I know he’s a tough guy who deserves respect,” explained Machida to TATAME, saying he’s prepared to take whatever route is necessary to achieve victory. “I’m going to do my best.”

Even if Henderson can’t claim the distinction of being a UFC champ, he wore titles in PRIDE and Strikeforce. Likewise, he defeated a number of fierce foes in both organizations such as Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, and Fedor Emelianenko. As such, Machida recognizes Henderson’s greatness and is excited about the prospect of testing himself against a legitimate legend.

“He’s a tough guy who has several belts of various organizations. He’s also a fighter who comes to fight, all the time. He’s a great champion,” Machida concluded on Henderson.

The two are set to face off in co-headlining action at the February 23 event. Machida is coming off a knockout win over Ryan Bader entering the bout, while Henderson has strung together a quartet of consecutive victories but hasn’t fought since November 2011.



    Whew-this matchup actually requires a bit more thought than most Lyoto matches-I will make a bold call and say that Lyoto will expose the age of Dan and take him out by KO in the third

  • Niv says:

    Well Gike I respectfully disagree on Machida ko’ing Hendo.

    The guys chin has been tested by the likes of Wandy and Fedor and he still came out on top. Fedor caught him and hurt him, but he recovered instantly caught Fedor if you saw that fight?

    A ko would be unbelievable, but a submission would not be. We’ve seen Hendo lose by submission several times in his career, he’s been submitted by both Noguirea brothers and Anderson Silva, why not one more Black House submission?

  • MCM says:

    Gotta agree with Niv’s reasoning on this one. Then again, Hendo could employ the same game plan as Rampage by cutting him off when he tries to step out and then working him in the clinch. If this fight goes to the ground or stays on the outside, I give it to Machida. But if Dan can force him into the clinch and out muscle him, I think Hendo could walk out with the UD.

    The more I think about it the less sure I am of either guy winning. This fights a coin toss IMO.


    Excellent reasoning by both of you-keep in mind that Dan has never faced an opponent quite like Lyoto-mark my words-KO by Lyoto


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