The long rumored match-up between UFC light heavyweights Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida appears to be one step closer to officially materializing after “Hendo” revealed he already had a date locked in for the likely tilt. According to the fan-favorite, he and Machida are set to meet on February 2 and UFC 156.
The UFC has yet to announce the fight which will likely serve to determine the top contender at 205 pounds. If booked, the bout will join a lineup already featuring featherweight champion Jose Aldo putting his gold up for grabs against Frankie Edgar. Rashad Evans is also expected to lock horns with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the event.
Henderson’s announcement came on MMA Uncensored where he also confirmed his injured knee was progressing as planned. The PRIDE icon was forced out of a title-fight with Jon Jones earlier this year after tweaking it while training.
The 29-8 Henderson is currently on a four-fight winning streak including success against Mauricio Rua and Fedor Emelianenko. Comparably, Machida holds an overall record of 18-3, is coming off a knockout victory over Ryan Bader, and has had his hand raised against the likes of Tito Ortiz, Thiago Silva, and Evans.
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