Dan Henderson will take on Tim Boetsch at this weekends UFC Fight Night.
Both fighters will be looking to get back into the win column after losing their last fights.
Here’s a breakdown of our favourite, our veteran of the sport, Dan Henderson.
This will be Hendo’s 44th MMA fight to date, holding a record of 30-13.
Whilst 13 loses are justified as Hendo has faced the elite of opponents since competing from 1997.
With 5 major titles to his name, Dan Henderson has quite frankly seen it all.
It all started at Brazil Open 97, a lightweight tournament which Hendo won with relative ease.
Hendo then entered the UFC 17 middleweight tournament beating dangerous Brazilian Allan Goes and Canadian Carlos Newton both by decision to take home the gold.
Fast forward 1 year to Tokyo, Japan, where the Rings Kings of Kings tournament was being held.
In what was a death row of opponents Hendo bested Gilbert Yvel, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Renato Sobral to once again take home the belt.
In what would be his first loss of his career Hendo competed at Pride 12 on December 9th 2000, taking on ‘The Axe Murderer’ Wanderlie Silva.
Henderson stayed with the Pride
organisation until it’s liquidation into the UFC in 2007. Racking up 18 fights in Pride, Dan Henderson accomplished a feat none others had done before him. Simultaneously holding titles in the Middleweight and Welterweight divisions. It was know, Dan Henderson was a force to be reckoned with. He used he Olympic level wrestling and his heavy hands to establish dominance in what was the best organisation in the world at the time.
Hendo was back to the UFC.
He was to defend his titles in what would be unification title bouts against Anderson Silva and Quinton Rampage Jackson. Henderson lost both the bouts, and in turn, bragging rights for Pride FC.
Despite the 2 losses Hendo rebounded with a 3 fight win streak within the UFC against Rousimar Palhares, Rich Franklin, and who could forget, how could you forget?
The KO of the year, Michael Bisping.
This fight was also to be the middleweight title elimination bout but contractual disagreements found Henderson signing with Strikeforce.
His first fight saw him in a middleweight title fight against perennial champion Jake Shields.
In what was most an uneventful affair Shields used his grappling skills to keep Henderson on the canvas for the majority of the 5 round fight.
Henderson did see gold in Strikeforce as he once again beat Renato Sobral via devastating Ground and Pound.
He then proceeded to take the title from Raphael Calvacante, once again by a brutal TKO victory.
Henderson did not decent the Light-Heavyweight title in Strikeforce. Instead he decided to take a fight against the enigma, the legend, none other than the Last Emperor, Fedor Emilianenko. In what was billed to be one of the most anticipated match ups of all time Dan Henderson was given little chance against the behemoth of Fedor.
But once again, in typical Dan Henderson fashion, won the match via brutal KO.
Dan Henderson had put his statement on the world.
An emphatic performance bringing to light all the success of his career so far.
After the super-fight Hendo re-signed with the UFC once again to face Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.
Now at 40 years of age the whispers of “retirement” started to creep in.
Hendo once again silenced his doubters by putting on the fight of the year with Shogun.
Hendo dominated rounds 1-3 knocking Shogun down multiple times whilst Shogun took the last 2 rounds in a convincing comeback performance. Hendo had his hand raised whilst the San Jose crowd around him erupted.
After that fight Hendo was promised the next shot at former champion Jon Jones at what would be the ill fated, UFC 151. Unfortunately Hendo sustained an injury forcing him from the card.
Chael Sonnen enter, the rest you know, is history.
Hendo would then go into face Machida, Evans, and Belfort. Unfortunately losing all matches, and having the first experience of being knocked out by the Phenom, Vitor Belfort.
Shogun was once again in Hendo’s sights as they locked horns in Shogun’s home turf of Brazil.
This time Hendo ended the fight with a devastating hook out of the clinch followed up by ground and pound.
Hendo shown once again, then when he is down, he will rise time and time again, forever proving his doubters wrong.
Henderson is once again riding a two fight skid, with recent losses to now Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Gegard Mousasi.
In what has been a long and storied career will Henderson once again come back with an emphatic victory over Tim Boetsch?
Or has time finally caught up with our Olympian, our champion, Dan Hendeson?
Whatever may be the result, Dan Henderson will go down in MMA history books, accomplishing many feats, breaking many records, and many, many faces in his time.
So, from all your friends at MMA Latest News we wish you the best of luck for your upcoming fight, and in the future.
Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg
The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.
The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.
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— UFC (@ufc) October 13, 2017
Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.
Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.
Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.
Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.
With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:
- Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
- Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
- Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
- Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
- Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
- Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
- Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
- John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
- Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
Why the UFC Needs to Introduce 165 and 175-pound Weight Divisions
- The debacle that were the UFC 216 weigh-in last Friday further highlighted current weight cutting problems in mixed martial arts.
More specifically in this case it was in the UFC’s lightweight division. A fight between Nik Lentz and Will Brooks was pulled due to Lentz having ‘medical issues’ according to a UFC statement, hours before he was due to weigh-in.
Title challenger Kevin Lee then took to the scale seconds before the deadline and was over the limit by a pound. Fortunately he made weight after being given an extra hour. But these are not isolated cases, especially at 155-pounds.
There isn’t necessarily a solution to this problem but there may be a short term fix in the form of new weight classes approved by the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports) in July 2017. These include 165 and 175-pound divisions.
While not specific to the lightweight division, the problems with weight commonly occur there. In March this year, Khabib Nurmagomedov was rushed to hospital during fight week when cutting down for his title contest with Tony Ferguson. Subsequently the UFC 209 main event was cancelled. Khabib has been regularly discussed as a title challenger but he’s often struggled to make weight and failed on numerous occasions.
With drastic dehydration it is still unknown what health implications may effect him and other mixed martial artists in the future.
Some top ranked fighters such as Donald Cerrone, Jorge Masvidal and Rafael Dos Anjos have moved up to the welterweight division to preserve their health from these strenuous cuts, and have all been relatively successful.
However, many fighters are still reluctant and insist on dropping 10-20% of their bodyweight in the hours and days leading up to a bout. For example, Kevin Lee was rumoured to be 19 pounds over the day before he stepped on the scales.
At 170 pounds, welterweight is fifteen pounds more than lightweight which is a noticeable difference between relatively low weight classes. Especially when you consider that the divisions increase ten pounds from as low as 115 up to 155. There are many fighters who find themselves too big to be a lightweight, yet too small to compete at welterweight.
The incidents last Friday should hopefully be a wakeup call to the UFC, who can also set an example for other organisations such as Bellator, One FC, and Cage Warriors.
So far in 2017 the UFC has lost 14 fights in 48 hours or less before they were due to take place. That is one fight every two cards. While weight cutting is not always to blame, more often than not it plays a big role. These situations leave the UFC at a loss, fighters without opponents and a pay check, and fans disgruntled. Not to mention the health implications for the athlete involved.
The UFC must recognise these common patterns, remove the 170 pound welterweight division and create 165 and 175 pound rosters instead. Some may see an additional weight class as devaluing UFC titles even further but this would not be the case.
Recently the women’s featherweight title was created without having a roster of women to fill it. However, the difference with lightweight and welterweight is that they are comfortably the two deepest, most talent stacked divisions in the organisation.
Admittedly, there is a lot of history attached to the welterweight title since Pat Miletich first won it back in 1998. The likes of Matt Hughes and Georges St Pierre have also added prestige to the belt over the years.
Even so, the sport has changed since then and it’s in a transitional phase. We are in the era of USADA, the era of banned IV drips and certain commissions tightening their regulations on how much they allow fighters to safely cut. Everyone is accountable and aware of the dangers, yet steps still need to be taken.
The athletic commissions and the UFC in particular must act by introducing super lightweight (165lbs) and super welterweight (175lbs) divisions. Perhaps from a fighter’s perspective it seems like a no-brainer that their health should be the main priority.
From a fans point of view there is plenty of talent that could be used in those two divisions. The novelty of fighters blending into these classes would also have the feeling of a superfight. The likes of Nurmagomedov, Lee, Masvidal, Cerrone and Dos Anjos would certainly fit well into a 165 pound division.
Similarly, at 175 pounds, Tyron Woodley could transition from welterweight champion to super welterweight champion. Top talents such as Robert Whittaker, Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Robbie Lawler would be perfect matches for this weight.
If this was a success then super middleweight (195lbs) and cruiserweight (225lbs) divisions could be an option in future too.
As previously mentioned this won’t necessarily fix the issues of weight cutting but it gives martial artists another option and is a positive step towards fighter’s safety. Currently there has been no mention by the UFC about introducing these new divisions.
However, with fighter safety being of upmost importance these new divisions must be given serious consideration.
James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury
Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016. James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.
After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.
Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.
Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”
His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.
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