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UFC 173 Officially Receives Dan Henderson-Daniel Cormier

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Light heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson will meet at UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw next month. UFC president Dana White confirmed the fight on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Wednesday.

Set for May 31 from Las Vegas, the card has received several changes over the recent weeks. The main event now features UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao against T.J. Dillashaw, while welterweights Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger meet in another key main card bout.

Cormier (14-0) is a perfect 3-0 inside the Octagon, including a win in his 205-pound debut over Patrick Cummins earlier this year. He has also topped Frank Mir and Roy Nelson, and is likely positioned as the next-next contender if he defeats Henderson.

Henderson (30-11) snapped out of his funk with a knockout victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Brazil recently. He now sports a 7-5 UFC record, but is just 1-3 in his last four overall.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defends his belt against Glover Teixeira this week, and the winner of that is set to meet Alexander Gustafsson. The Cormier-Henderson winner could fall in line after that title bout is finished.

The bout will feature a battle of former U.S. Olympic wrestlers, and Cormier expressed his excitement about meeting Henderson on Instagram.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Bantamweight Championship
Renan Barao (c) vs. T.J. Dillashaw

Light Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson

Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Lightweight: Jamie Varner vs. James Krause


Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno

Bantamweight: Chris Holdsworth vs. Chico Camus

Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel

Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi

Welterweight: Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell

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  • Don Joe says:

    Hendo by KO/TKO in round 2. DC is still too fat and slow. His KO power is also questionable since he went the distance quite a few times in his recent fights. While Hendo keeps on knocking guys out cold, sure he got screwed over by the judges in the Machida aswell as Evans fight and Vitor did not KO him, yet he lost, but “it is what it is”.
    For Henderson this is going to be the last chance of getting a title shot and Dan knows it.

    I believe in Hendo.

  • Don Joe says:

    I my opinion nobody deserves a title shot more than Dan Henderson. He was scheduled to fight Jon Jones @ the legendary ufc 151 event, when he had torn his acl and had to back out of the fight. After that, his opponents tried to play it safe (Machida, Evans) and the judges literally screwed Hendo over, two times in a row. If you watch both fights without commentary, then you’d also realize, that both fights should have been draws. If i remember correctly, Dan also had personal issues (family stuff) during that period. To me it seems like, they are either trying to prevent him from becoming a champion or just trying to get rid of him entirely, which is sad and pathetic.

  • Anonymous says:

    Im a Hendo fan. But he is going to get destroyed.

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