UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson knows what’s at stake on February 23 when he faces Lyoto Machida. Not only will Henderson be out to prove he’s still one of the division’s top fighters despite a yearlong layoff but he’ll also be aiming to reclaim the title-shot he previously earned and lost due to injury. Compounding things, Henderson is 42 years old and unlikely to receive another crack at a divisional championship given his limited amount of future appearances in the Octagon.
“I just want to make sure I do things right this time and do not miss this opportunity. I just want to be sure that I will win this fight,” said Henderson in an interview TATAME of how important it is to have his hand raised at UFC 157.
Ideally, Henderson is hoping a victory over Machida will set him up to face 205-pound king Jon Jones rather than current contender Chael Sonnen. The PRIDE icon was set to battle “Bones” in September but suffered damage to his knee while training and had to pull out, leaving him anxious to eventually lock horns against the talented champ.
“Jones is now touted as invincible and that’s the kind of challenge that I love,” explained Henderson of the 17-1 superstar.
Henderson will enter his match-up against Machida on a four-fight winning streak including success against Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio Rua. He holds an overall record of 29-8 with thirteen TKOs, many of which were brought on by his patented power-punch labeled the “H-Bomb”.
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