I love it … guys get whupped so badly by Anderson Silva that they can’t even comprehend what happened months later. It’s like they’ve rationalized their losses by saying “Oh, I must have been off that night” or “It was that one thing he caught me with, next time it will be different”. As far as I can tell, Rich Franklin is the only one admitting that Silva beat him fair and square once, twice, and would do it 50 more times if given the chance. Past that you’ve got Nate Marquardt, Travis Lutter, and now Dan Henderson all clamoring for another shot:
Henderson discussed what he felt it would take to get a second crack at “The Spider” while a guest on of TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
“I told [UFC officials] I was open to anything but to keep in mind that I wanted someone who would get me another shot at Anderson Silva,” Henderson said.
It appears that the first obstacle for Henderson will be up-and-coming middleweight Rousimar Palhares (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). And while “Hollywood” could not confirm the rumored bout for UFC 88 in Atlanta, he indicated it was a strong possibility.
“That’s what the rumor is,” Henderson clarified. “They say I can’t talk about it yet.”
The Temecula, Calif.-based fighter admits that beating a relative newcomer to the octagon may not be the fastest road to another title shot.
“[The UFC] got the weight class right, but I am not sure if [Palhares] is the right guy to get me another title shot right away,” he said.
I know fighters have to do some pretty nifty brain gymnastics to get around the knowledge that there’s a dude out there who’s just waaaaaay better than you. But I have to wonder if Anderson Silva beat Dan Henderson so bad that he can’t even remember how their first fight went. And whenever Dan sits down to watch the replay he goes all limp and shit like he’s having a stroke.