Dan Henderson Has Choice Words For Anderson Silva

Dan Henderson believes that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is being very careful in selecting his opponents as he winds down his career.

Henderson, who faces Lyoto Machida this Saturday night at UFC 157, recently told MMA Interviews that he hasn’t been all that impressed by “The Spider” in recent years.

“I think Anderson, for the last five years, tried to pick and choose who he fights and manipulates the UFC a little bit. He kind of tries to stay away from guys that are dangerous or have a dangerous style for him, especially because he’s looking toward the end of his career and he wants to retire without losing again.”

Henderson lost to Silva back in 2008 via second round submission. It was rumored that he might face him again last year, but “Hendo” selected a bout with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones instead.

Before he could face Jones, though, Henderson went down with a knee injury. This upcoming fight with Machida will be his first since November 2011.

Photo credit: MMA Weekly

  • sam_snee

    Hmm. I like Hendo, but Silva has fought everyone in the ranks. Now newcomers are here, and they’ll get a shot too. Who SHOULD he have fought but never did? I agree Maia and Leites were weak competition, but who else was at 185 at the time? Belcher? Bisping? Stann? W. Silva? None of these fighters could string a win streak together. I think big challenges still lie ahead in Lombard and Weidman, and I’m as excited as ever to see the champ/G/O.A.T fight stiff competition. Exciting time for fans of Silva.

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