We talked about this on the last radio show we did: PRIDE guys need to learn how to cut weight. Everyone’s blaming PRIDE as an organization for making all their fighters seem larger than life. It’s a fun idea, but that argument doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. What’s more realistic is the idea that former PRIDE fighters are finding themselves facing guys who are cutting 20+ pounds to squeak into their weight division. Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Mirko Crocop, all these guys are small for their weight classes compared to the guys in the UFC. And lets not forget Dan Henderson:
Henderson, who lost a title unification bout with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Jackson earlier this month, indicated he could be ready for a return to the Octagon by November. Though UFC officials are said to be encouraging the former Olympian to move down to the promotion’s 185-pound division, Henderson indicated he would like to remain at light heavyweight.
I have no idea what the fuck is going on in Dan Henderson’s head. He’s not a brute strength kind of guy, so why is he so against giving up weight training and returning to middleweight? If Dan stays at light heavyweight, he’s going to continue to be out-muscled by guys who are bigger than him. Why be a small light heavyweight when you can be a big middleweight?
Never mind the fact that the UFC’s middleweight division is looking thinner than an Ethiopian refugee at the moment. After UFC77 in October, there’ll be literally no one else the UFC can legitimately feed to Anderson Silva. Dan Henderson doesn’t really fit that well into the current LHW division, but he’s got a spot up at the top at middleweight if he’ll just agree to take it.
This is just one of those cases where hubris plays too much of a part in a person’s decision making process. There’s really no logical reason for Henderson to stay at 205. Unless of course he’s a masochist and likes being dominated.