Any time Dan Henderson fights there’s going to be a fair amount of buzz, since he is 44 years old and is one of the sport’s greatest fighters ever, but this time around there’s an extra storyline.
The reason being, of course, that when Henderson throws down with Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FOX 14, he’ll be doing so at middleweight. The bout will mark the first time since 2010 that “Hendo” will compete at 185, and if Henderson wins, he could jump right into the UFC’s top ten, middleweight rankings.
Following Henderson’s 2010, decision loss to Jake Shields, the decorated wrestler relayed that he had difficulties making weight for the bout. Henderson moved to light-heavyweight, and proceeded to win four straight, but more recently, the American has gone 1-4. As a result, many fans and observers questioned whether Henderson should consider a return to middleweight, particularly after he was decisively handled by Daniel Cormier last May.
Well, in a recent report from MMA Junkie.com, Henderson revealed that he was thinking of making the drop, even before he fought “DC”.
“I’m capable of making middleweight without a problem,” Henderson said. “It’s a better weight class for me. I weighed in for my last fight at 199 and that was without missing a meal and drinking at weigh-ins. I’m just not that big. Sometimes when I’m training hard I lose a lot of weight. It’s hard for me to keep that size as a light heavyweight.
“I told Dana (White) after I fought ‘Shogun’ (Rua) the second time that I want to go to middleweight. He asked me to fight (Daniel Cormier) instead. I did. I still felt I was able to beat him, but he got me down and got that size on me. It reaffirmed why I should move down to middleweight.”
Henderson went on to add that his “natural weight” is closer to 185, and that he’s not even a big middleweight, even though he was competing at 205.
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how Henderson performs come Saturday. If you’re wondering, the betting lines have the legend as an underdog in the +325 to +385 range heading into the bout.
UFC on FOX 14 will be hosted by the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.