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Dan Hendo: Anderson ‘manipulates’ UFC into letting him pick opponents

The Pride legend Dan Henderson is still knocking on title contention in the light heavyweight division at the age of 42. He may have lost to middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva in 2008, but it seems Dan still believes he is a threat to the “The Spider.”

“I think Anderson, for the last five years, has tried to pick and choose who he fights and manipulates the UFC a little bit. He didn’t want to fight Chael again after the first time, and, you know, obviously did after a while. 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 and, you know, especially because he’s looking towards the end of his career and he wants to, he wants to retire without losing again. It’s not necessarily how champ should be, but, at the same time he is trying to be smart about things. So, you know, it’s all debatable.”

As for ever dropping back down and testing himself against the middleweight champ, it’s a definite yes, but for now he puts his belief in vacating Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold, as he makes the move to the UFC.

“He’s probably the only guy I would drop (weight) for, but, I am very comfortable at 205 pounds and there’s plenty of guys for me to fight there. We’ll see what happens in the future, but, I don’t plan on losing at 205 at all. I would like to see Luke Rockhold fight Anderson, as a fan. He’s coming up here to help me train for this one as well. He’s been up for a couple fights as well, so, I’d like to see that fight. That would be interesting. Luke’s a decent wrestler and good enough on his feet to where he’s not going to be picked apart by Anderson without really making Anderson know he’s in a fight.” – MMAInterviews.TV

This Saturday Hendo will look to continue his four-fight win streak with a win over Lyoto Machida in Anaheim, CA.

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