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  • 01-17-2014, 09:53 PM
    So, will Vitor Belfort beat Chris Weidman? 'No,' says Dan Henderson
    "No," he said without hesitation. Asked why he was so sure about that, Henderson threw it all on the table.

    "Vitor is very capable of beating anybody in those first few minutes of a fight because he is dangerous and he hits hard," Henderson said. "But, I just -- I don't see it happening, especially if the fight is in the U.S."

    Henderson has somewhat quietly been on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for a few years, though he has been less scrutinized than Belfort of late. The reasons for this vary among fans and media, but the big differentiators seem to be that Belfort looks conspicuously different than he did in 2010, and that he was popped for elevated testosterone back in 2006 at Pride 32. That fight, which happened in the state of Nevada, was against none other than Henderson himself. It didn’t help that Belfort’s usage only became a revelation after he flattened Michael Bisping with a headkick at UFC on FX 7 in January of last year.

    In Belfort’s past three fights -- all of them occurring in Brazil -- he has knocked out his opponents violently. Asked if he thought there was anything fishy going on, Henderson wouldn’t quite go that far.

    "I don't know, I'm not going to point fingers and say things I have no idea about," he said. "Obviously [Vitor] wouldn’t be able to use TRT here, but I just feel like he’s definitely…his body has changed a little bit in the last couple of years that he hasn’t been fighting here.

    "There’s reasons for that. He’s been fighting a long time and we’ve seen his body change a couple of different times. It is what it is. At the same time, I have no idea, he could be doing everything right by the book and the way he should. Which is what he should have done years ago, as well."
    And even though Henderson likes Weidman to defend his title against Belfort on U.S. soil, he did admit that he hadn’t watched too many of Weidman’s previous fights.

    "No, I didn’t see him a whole lot until he fought Anderson Silva the first time," he said. "I’d seen maybe one fight of his before that. I felt that he was really tough and had a good style to beat Anderson. But I said that the first time he fought Anderson. He’s got decent hands, he’s not afraid to bang and he’s a good wrestler that can put Anderson on his back."
  • 01-16-2014, 10:12 PM
    He might be better off going to another org for a couple big money fights before he's done. I wouldn't mind seeing him fight Rampage again or King Mo.
  • 01-16-2014, 07:00 PM
    Dr. MMA
    I don't know the terms of what each side is asking for, but I agree with everyone that given his 3-fight losing skid, his last KO loss, and his age, his value has dramatically decreased.
  • 01-16-2014, 06:07 PM
    I wouldn't mind Shogun II, or Thiago Silva I, but Dan needs to realize, he's not really in the position to play hardball... He really did look slow in his last few fights and had a little less aggression. I wonder if that Shogun fight took it out of him.
  • 01-14-2014, 12:56 PM
    Although I had him winning against both Rashad and Machida, he has seemed to slow down and he probably doesn't have much time left to fight. I hate to see him go, but if he does retire soon, I want to see him go out with one last great H-bomb.
  • 01-14-2014, 12:03 AM
    I hate to say it, but Dan has been looking pretty slow in his last several fights. What an awesome fighter though. Gonna miss him when he is done.
  • 01-13-2014, 10:28 PM
    GL Jeff
    Dan is in a really bad position, 3 fight loosing skid, just got stopped and is nearing the end of his career. I think any offer around 100k would be a fair amount, he did just get 250k for the fight against Vitor.
  • 01-13-2014, 06:59 PM

    Dan Henderson: UFC still 'a little far apart' on idea of value for new contract

    Dan Henderson: UFC still 'a little far apart' on idea of value for new contract
    However, in his last fight against Belfort -- the contract fight -- Henderson was knocked out for the first time in 40 professional bouts. Given the nature of the first two losses, and that he "got caught" with an uppercut against Belfort, Henderson feels that the UFC still wants him on its roster.

    "I think they want me to come back," he said. "I don’t want to go anywhere else, it’s not even in my mind right now and I don’t think they want me to go anywhere else either. It’s just something where we’re a little far apart, and we need to sit down and get it hashed out."

    Henderson said that he wouldn’t retire even if he and the UFC couldn’t reach an agreement. He also said that once a deal is reached, that he’s open about returning as a middleweight or a light heavyweight, depending on what’s wanted. As far as a timetable for returning to the cage, Henderson said that sometime in April or May would be his preference.

    In speculating about the pending initial offer by the UFC that’s on the table right now, in conjunction with the outcome of his most recent fights, Henderson said the amount of overall events -- and diminishing returns on pay-per-view numbers -- might have something to do with it.

    "I think, from what I’ve been hearing they’re trying to lower everyone’s purses win or lose, just because pay-per-view numbers aren’t as high as they used to be," he said. "They are having a lot more shows, a lot more pay-per-views, a lot more free cards, so obviously they’re going to do less PPVs when they’re offering so many more cards and shows. It’s just a little too watered down to get as many numbers as they used to on every pay-per-view card."

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