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Travis Lutter: Anderson Silva Will Beat Dan Henderson

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Straight from the horse's mouth:

MMA Madness: What do you think about the Anderson Silva-Dan Henderson fight?

Travis Lutter: I think it's going to be a good fight. It's going to be fun to watch. It'll be a close fight, and I can't wait to see it; I'm excited about it.

MMA Madness: Can you give us a prediction for this fight?

Travis Lutter: I think it's a really close fight, but if I had to bet, I'd bet on Anderson. Just simply because I think that Dan is going to go out there and take him down, but once he takes him down I think that Anderson is better on the ground. He's so long, he can control the distance, and stuff like that. I think that Dan can take him down whenever he wants, but I think he will get drawn into a kickboxing fight, and if he gets drawn into a kickboxing fight with Anderson, then that's a fight he'll lose. Dan's got a great chin, but if I had to make a prediction I'd go with Anderson Silva probably by decision. Dan has all of the tools to beat him, but he sometimes gets drawn into those kickboxing battles when he shouldn't since he's a wrestler. But Dan's a great fighter, and that's just what I think. With that being said, what the hell do I know? Like I said, I really like Dan. He's a great fighter and I'm cheering for him.

Travis does bring up a legitimate concern: there's no question Dan gets the fight to the ground, but then what? He's not known as a submission master or a great guard passer. He can beat on Anderson a little, but he'll need a lot more than ground and pound inside Silva's tight guard to beat the champ. I think Lindland is tailor made to beat Silva since he is more of a submission fighter.

But I've counted out Henderson way too many times and paid for it. There is a bit of reckless streak that Silva could expose if Henderson gets careless. But if he sticks to his gameplan and continuously hurts Silva, I believe "Dangerous Dan" can do it.