If Dan Henderson doesn’t get Lyoto Machida, another Brazilian is ready and willing to take him on inside the Octagon.
Fabio Maldonado, winner of three straight, is asking for the chance to face the future hall of famer.
“I’m a big fan of Dan Henderson,” he wrote on Twitter. “It would be an honor and a dream to fight him.”
Maldonado (21-6) scored a decision over Gian Villante this past weekend, the same card that featured Henderson finishing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
After three straight losses, including a TKO defeat to Glover Teixeira, Maldonado has rebounded with decisions over Villante, Joey Beltran and Roger Hollett.
— Fabio Maldonado (@MaldonadoMMA) March 25, 2014
Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos displayed some Cain Velasquez-like ground-and-pound during a commercial for Samsung TV.
Dos Santos, who will meet Stipe Miocic later this year in a key heavyweight tilt, filmed the commercial centered around his anger after seeing his favorite soccer team lose.
The UFC has released the cast for season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will feature former champions Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn as head coaches.
The first episode airs April 16 on FOX Sports 1 and will feature two hours of action. Thirty-one fighters have been announced, leaving one spot in one of the two tournaments – either middleweight or light heavyweight.
“Frankie Edgar is a guy who many believed should have fought at 145 pounds but fought at 155 pounds and beat everybody including BJ Penn – twice,” said UFC president Dana White. “This kid went from being a one-dimensional wrestler to having some of the best hands, knockouts and toe-to-toe wars.
“BJ Penn is one of the legends in the sport. He basically built the 155-pound division in the sport and had championship belts at 155 and 170 pounds. I can’t wait to see this third fight.”
Some of the more notable names include former Bellator champion Lyman Good, Irish prospect Cathal Pendred, Dhiego Lima and Nordine Taleb.
Taleb was actually a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia.
Below is the complete roster for the show:
Corey Anderson (3-0), 24, Lincoln, Ill.
Cathal Pendred (13-2), 26, Dublin, Ireland
Kelly Anundson (6-1), 29, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
John Poppie (3-1), 24, Ettrick, Wis.
Anton Berzin (3-1), 24, Philadelphia, Pa.
Doug Sparks (7-2), 31, Bloomington, Ind.
Josh Clark (7-2), 29, Richmond, Ky.
Daniel Spohn (8-3), 29, Columbus, Ohio
Chris Fields (8-4), 30, Dublin, Ireland
Joshua Stansbury (4-2), 29, East Liverpool, Ohio
Matthew Gabel (8-3), 28, Le Mars, Iowa
Ian Stephens (4-0), 25, Ringgold, Ga.
Lyman Good (15-3), 28, New York, N.Y.
Adam Stroup (5-1), 27, Denver, Colo.
Eddie Gordon (6-1), 29, Uniondale, N.Y.
Nordine Taleb (8-2), 32, Montreal, Canada
Jacob Heun (6-3), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Hector Urbina (16-8), 26, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Mike King (5-0), 30, Naples, Fla.
Matt Van Buren (6-2), 27, Chula Vista, Calif.
Tyler King (7-1), 33, North Attleboro, Mass.
Bojan Velickovic (8-2), 33, Delray Beach, Fla.
Dhiego Lima (8-1), 33, Sugar Hill, Ga.
Daniel Vizcaya (7-2), 28, Aurora, Ill.
Adrian Miles (14-5), 30, Biloxi, Miss.
Patrick Walsh (4-1), 25, Stoughton, Mass.
Tyler Minton (5-1), 26, Johnson City, Tenn.
Tim Williams (8-1), 27, Millville, N.J.
Todd Monaghan (8-2), 31, Clinton, Iowa
Roger Zapata (5-1), 27, New York, N.Y.
Cody Mumma (5-1), 30, Henderson, Colo.
UFC president Dana White could call Ronda Rousey and ask the female bantamweight champion to step in and fill the main event slot vacated for UFC 173 by Chris Weidman.
White, though, told Newsday that he’s “not gonna do that to her.”
Rousey is currently filming scenes for her role in “Entourage” and has targeted a return to action later in the summer. Weidman suffered a knee injury and was forced to reschedule his middleweight title defense with Lyoto Machida.
“Ronda’s not working,” White said. “She’s out doing her movie. She would, if I called her.”
White also cleared up why Vitor Belfort – Weidman’s original opponent – will not receive his shot at the title with the bout being postponed. Belfort has promised to work his way off TRT after the exemption was banned by the UFC and the Nevada Athletic Commission.
“Machida’s got the title shot,” White said. “No way Machida would give that up.”
Belfort is working to gain his fight license through the commission. He previously was suspended by the state after failing a post-fight drug test.
Despite putting on almost eight full rounds of incredible MMA action, Dan Henderson isn’t sure a third encounter with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is in the cards.
Henderson, who finished Rua in Brazil Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 38, also won a decision over the former champion back in 2011.
“I don’t know about (a third meeting),” said Henderson, during the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show. “I didn’t think after the first one that we could do it any better. It couldn’t have been more exciting.
“This one was close to that one. Maybe we bring the best out of each other as far as excitement goes.”
Henderson snapped a three-fight losing skid with the win and made sure to let FS1 analyst Kenny Florian know he made the wrong prediction after.
“Kenny said I was going to get knocked out and you had it backwards,” he said. “Ken, don’t count the old man out.”
Getting his hand raised left him feeling “like a big weight is off me. I finally got rid of the bad year I had last year and can look forward to having a good one this year.”