A spoonful of sugar

After trying to threaten, cajole, and insult Dan Henderson into dropping back down to middleweight, it looks like the UFC is trying to sweet talk Hendo down now:

Dan Henderson (22-6): It is hard to argue that any fighter in the world ranks higher than Henderson on the fabled pound-for-pound list, recent loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson notwithstanding. In February, the reigning PRIDE 183-lb champion “Dangerous” Dan accomplished the unthinkable by knocking out Wanderlei Silva to win the PRIDE 205-lb championship. That made him the second fighter in UFC or PRIDE history (Randy Couture being the first) to win titles in two different weight divisions, and the first to hold both belts simultaneously. Many UFC fans likely discount his chances at championship dominance after watching him lose a close decision to Rampage in their February 205-lb unification bout. That is a huge mistake. At light heavy, he was a tremendous fighter. At middleweight, he is quite possibly the most dominant force in the world, and possibly the only fighter in the game to edge out Anderson Silva on the pound-for-pound list.

Wow, saying Dan should be considered one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world, and then saying he’s “the most dominant force in the world” at MW, is pretty extreme. I’m glad to see the UFC recognizes he’s their only chance of their next middleweight contender not being a boring fuck (Okami) or a lamb to the slaughter (anyone else).

If this was any other sport, I’d take this as a sign that the UFC will do whatever they have to in order to sort their shit with Henderson and set him up for a fight with Anderson Silva ASAP. Unfortunately the UFC continues to show over and over that whenever it’s obvious they need a fighter, they’d rather fuck over that fighter and drive them from their organization than admit they need them and *gasp* pay them more money or respect.

  • ajadoniz

    I’m going to send in my resume to Zuffa, applying for the job title: Dana White. Wish me luck everyone!

  • MJC_123

    If I could cut the weight I’d fight Anderson Silva for 3.5million pounds.
    Maybe thats what this new series of TUF is going to be about….Anderson Silva fights…..and then just hobos and bums off the street who weigh right get a chance….

    In seriousness however get the Henderson v Silva match done, only problemo being, If I was Hendo I would want a tune up fight, I mean 2 title losses in a row damages your job longevity me feels.

  • Swedish guy

    Again, this is such a hassle for the UFC, deciding on whether to be a sport or entertainment. Sport equals setting up Okami-Silva, entertainment equals setting Silva up with a random douchebag with a mohikan style haircut, midget features, tuf background and quirky manners to sell PPV.
    It’s just stupid to say it’s a sport as long as fights are set up arbitrarily (spelling?). Not saying that the sport way is more fun to watch – because it isn’t.

  • Swedish guy

    lol, i just inadvertently described chris leben

  • kermit_01

    its sports entertainment— oh wait, some one else already has that term copywritten..

  • Ted Dibiase

    the ufc has NO ONE to throw to anderson silva.

    they will not get henderson to fight him either.

    they prolly wont sign henderson to a new contract so he wont get a title shot. then they have to worry about what he wants. he wants money! look at anderson silvas last pay day compared to chuck liddell. no wonder, dan wants to fight at LHW.

    dana white sucks ass at his job. he told a reporter that he wants to headbutt dan henderson every time they talk. ummmmmmm, dana white headbutt dan henderson? now theres a good ppv dana, sign yourself up for UFC 77 Vaginadation

  • Matt

    Reading FightLinker the past few weeks could very well spawn the next John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez.

  • Matt

    Dan Henderson is on the side of David Grubnic’s NHRA Top Fuel dragster this weekend.. Whodathunkit. Who is to say he’s not popular amongst the American crowd?

  • Matt
  • http://tanglebones.com/ Jemaleddin

    Wait, he fought Rampage in February? I smell a typo.

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