When Dan Henderson takes to the Octagon to face Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 it will have been more than a year since the last time the legendary light heavyweight saw action in the infamous eight-sided cage. Henderson spent time on the sidelines waiting for a title-fight he’d earned by beating Mauricio Rua in November 2011 only to suffer an injury before his crack at champion Jon Jones forcing him out of the bout.
Now 100% healthy, Henderson plans to make up for lost time by staying active over the next twelve months even if it means risking another shot at winning UFC gold.
“I feel that I’m probably the guy to beat in the weight class,” said Henderson in a recent interview with MMAJunkie Radio. “I know that if I fought Jones, I’d knock him on his ass. But if I don’t get that opportunity, I’m not going to sit and dwell on it and wait for it. I waited last year, and I’m not going to do it this year.”
The 29-8 Henderson has won seven of his last eight efforts, including four straight, with wins over the likes of Renato Sobral, Michael Bisping, Rich Franklin, and Fedor Emelianenko. Prior to 2012 he had fought at least twice a year for more than a decade straight.
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