Amid the hullaballoo of former Olympian, Ronda Rousey's UFC debut this Saturday night at UFC 157, another former Olympian is preparing to do battle in the co-main event. Dan Henderson's bout with Lyoto Machida has very noticeably been flying under the radar, and was especially evident at a press conference held last week. MMA Interviews got a great video with Hendo, where he discussed how he feels Anderson Silva has been manipulating the UFC and choosing his opponents. Here's the transcription of a very interesting nugget:
I think Anderson, for the last five years, has tried, tried to pick and choose who he fights and manipulates the UFC a little bit. You know, he didn't want to fight Chael again, after the first time. Obviously, he did after a while. You know he didn't want to fight me again. He kind of tries to stay away from guys that are dangerous or have a dangerous style for him, especially because he's looking toward the end of his career and he wants to retire without losing again. It's not necessarily how a champ should be, but at the same time, he's trying to be smart about things. It's all debatable.
He's probably the only guy I would drop for, but I think that I'm very comfortable at 205, and there's plenty of guys for me to fight there. We'll see what happens in the future, but yeah, I don't plan on losing it at 205 at all.
I would like to see Luke Rockhold fight Anderson. I'd like to see that fight. Luke's a good wrestler and he's decent enough on his feet where he's not going to get picked apart by Anderson without really making Anderson know that he's in a fight.
Here's the video: