Dan Henderson wants nothing more than to step inside the Octagon – or whatever kind of cage it is – and throw down with the best of them.
The former Olympian and champion in numerous organizations, Henderson was frustrated beyond belief in his recent bout with Lyoto Machida.
Machida, an ex-UFC light heavyweight champion, employed his karate style and kept Henderson from ever landing his devastating “H-Bomb.” Recently, Henderson talked with Evan Shoman about the loss, and what is in store for him going forward.
I kind of expected him to run to a point, but I didn’t expect him to not really engage at all. It was probably the most frustrating fight I’ve ever fought. Maybe I should have pressured him more, but I felt like I was pressuring him enough. He was tough to hit. Even the way the fight went, I still thought I had done enough to win, but evidently not.
His teammate, Tarec Saffiedine, recently made it known that “Hendo” was not 100-percent physically for the contest. Henderson confirmed that during the interview.
I didn’t have the best training camp, due injuries and stuff. Towards the end of my camp everything came together and I was able to do what I needed to do during practices, and wasn’t having any issues with injuries. Possibly, because of that, my timing was a little off or footwork wasn’t as good as it could have been. There are a lot of things that I’m normally a little bit better at, but I wasn’t that night. I don’t know if it was the time off or injuries in camp that held me up, but either way I still had the tools to be in there and I should have changed it up a little bit when I knew he wouldn’t engage with me.
After a career that has spanned middleweight, light heavyweight and even heavyweight, Hendo admitted that he could return to 185 pounds “but at this point, I want to stay at 205 pounds. I know I’m capable of winning that belt there.”
Rumors of a potential match with Rashad Evans were started by UFC president Dana White, and it would seem he is not against anything at this point.
I’d consider fighting anybody. As long as I didn’t have to cut too much weight, I’d pretty much fight anybody. I just want to get back in there as soon as possible. I hated the long layoff. I want to fight any one of the top 5 guys and I know I’m capable of beating them. That’ll keep me right up in there. I’ll take any one of them. I could sit here and bitch (about the Machida fight), but it doesn’t help anything. I just want to be active and give the fans what they should have seen the other night.