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.