This time last year the MMA world was still reeling from the news that UFC 151 had been cancelled, not long after Dan Henderson was forced to drop out of his title fight with Jon Jones, due to a knee injury. Unfortunately for “Hendo” and his fans, things haven’t gone so well in 2013 either, as the 43 year-old legend has lost by split decision to Lyoto Machida and more recently Rashad Evans.
Of course it’s not like Henderson was blown out of the water in the losses, as both were extremely competitive bouts, but they also didn’t deliver much in the way of memorable action either. This is why Henderson recently told MMA Weekly.com that he’s pretty pumped to fight Vitor Belfort on November 9th, who as we all know, hasn’t typically been accused of not engaging the opposition.
“I’m excited to go out there and fight somebody that’s gonna bang with me. Vitor’s been around a long time. He’s very dangerous and he’s very quick,” Henderson said, who defeated “Shogun” Rua in 2011 to lock up a bout with the champion Jones. “Seems like he’s got some kicks now, so I guess that’s different than before. I’m excited to go out and fight him.”
“They’re all must-wins in my mind. Obviously, I don’t want to lose three in a row. I feel real confident about my training and my skills, and matching up well with Vitor.”
Yes, Belfort has certainly demonstrated he’s added some punishing kicks to the arsenal, since the the two fought for PRIDE in 2006, and Henderson emerged with the UD win. “Hendo” also noted that he likely has five or six bouts to go before he hangs up the gloves on his decorated 15 plus year career. It’s certainly an intriguing fight and an extremely important one for both vets.
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