As if the UFC’s Superbowl weekend card was not heavy enough. It seems the organization is taking no chances in the card falling flat as they add yet another highly anticipated bout to their Feb. 2nd, UFC 156 card. The two light heavyweights that were originally promised a title shot, Dan Henderson – Lyoto Machida will now face-off, as champ Jon Jones handles coaching duties on the latest TUF series. Expected to headline 156 is featherweight champ Jose Aldo versus former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. Also on the card is a match-up between Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Dan Henderson has been doing nothing but win as of late, and in spectacular fashion. Since Dec. 2010, Hendo has knocked out three straight opponents (including the great Fedor) and put on what many call the fight of the century with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. It has been over a year now since Henderson has had a chance to grace the octagon, and it looks like his return fight will be against one of the hardest puzzles in the sport today.
Lyoto Machida was once thought to be invincible. Going 16-0, earning the title, it took Shogun to show that the Karate expert is human as he knocked him out to take the title. Since 2011, Lyoto has went 2-1 with a highlight reel victory over Ryan Bader ‘The Dragon’ was said to have earned himself another title shot. Unfortunately, now he will need to get through the walking Pride legend before earning the shot.
UFC president White could not verify that the winner of the fight would definitely be next in line for the shot, but it is the idea of the match-up. Unless a super-fight holds the division up, such as a Jones vs. Silva fight appears as White is hoping for, the winner of Henderson – Machida will look to face the winner of Jones – Sonnen.