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Dan Henderson: “My knee is still not 100%.”

Fans have been itching to see iconic competitor Dan Henderson back in the Octagon for more than a year, seeing his only 2012 tilt fall apart when “Hendo” suffered a knee injury in August while training for a crack at UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. Though the 42-year old is expected to finally make his return to the ring in February against former title-holder Lyoto Machida, it turns out he’s still shelved to a certain extent while continuing to recover.

“My knee is still not 100%…I’ve been training, but not at full steam. I think in a month I will be training and 100% focused for this fight,” revealed Henderson to TATAME when asked about his status, adding that despite his limitations he is “feeling good”.

When it comes to beating Machida, Henderson knows he’ll need to be as sharp as ever if expecting to notch a victory. “The Dragon” is one of the division’s most dangerous draws, possessing a unique style helping him score past wins against the likes of Rich Franklin, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, and Rashad Evans.

“I think this will be a very tough fight,” said Henderson, showing respect for his adversary. “Lyoto is an outstanding fighter, has many qualities, but hopefully I can do better.”

The two talented 205ers are expected to lock horns on February 23 at UFC 157.