This past weekend, at UFC 157, we were treated to the debut of women's MMA in the UFC. The card was solid overall, but featured a couple fights that were disappointing, to say the least. Among those was the highly anticipated bout between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson, which ended up being an unfortunate bust.
Apparently, at least to me, Machida decided that his gameplan would be to not engage or come anywhere near Henderson's fists. Knowing that with great power comes great responsibility, Lyoto's responsibility was to stay far away from that great power within Dan's hands. He was the old Lyoto, ever elusive, and always out of reach. Some may call it an interesting chess match, but not all of us are Bobby Fischer fans.
So, what happens from here? At 42, Dan is hardly washed up, but he's also not getting any more youthful. It should be noted that ring rust probably played a significant part in his defeat, as he had a long layoff going into the fight. Evan Shoman recently interviewed Henderson, and found that not only is he planning on competing for a couple more years, he would also entertain a superfight at heavyweight, and would like to get back in the cage soon, against any of the Top 5 guys.
I'd consider fighting anybody. As long as I didn't have to cut too much weight, I'd pretty much fight anybody. I just want to get back in there as soon as possible. I hated the long layoff. I want to fight any one of the top 5 guys and I know I'm capable of beating them. That'll keep me right up in there. I'll take any one of them. I could sit here and bitch (about the Machida fight), but it doesn't help anything. I just want to be active and give the fans what they should have seen the other night.
I wasn't planning on retiring anyway after 1 or 2 fights. I plan on being there for a couple of more years, at least. I want to get back in there and fight as soon as I can and stay active this year and next year for sure.
After seeing the Fedor fight, I'd be interested in seeing how Dan fared against a Pat Barry or a Daniel Cormier. Truth be told, I'm interested, as many of you probably are, in seeing Henderson fight anybody. One thing is sure, as long as he's still competing, I'll still be watching.
You can follow Dan via his Twitter account, @DanHendo