“I actually would have rather been in a fight for the title, but this fight excites me too. Shogun’s a tough guy, and it’s gonna be a big challenge, I think he’s always been a little bit hot and cold, but when he’s on, he’s a little dangerous and tough. When he’s off, he’s still tough just not quite as tough as he normally would be. Everybody has those days, but it seems like the last couple of years he’s been hot and cold. I’m not going to try extra hard to knock him out just to get a title shot. I’m going out there first and foremost to win the fight, and obviously try to finish him along the way.”

— Dan Henderson on MMA Weekly Radio talking about his upcoming fight against Shogun Rua at UFC 139

Shogun has had a rather interesting run in the UFC. Whenever he’s come off knee surgery, he’s looked like crap, but once he gets that fight out of his system he looks awesome again. So if the pattern continues, we should see the Shogun of old this weekend when he takes on Dan Henderson. I hope that’s the case because this should be an awesome fight if both fighters are at the top of their games.

Dan Henderson added that he really wants to fight Jon Jones and believes he would have got that fight instead of Lyoto Machida had Rashad Evans been injured sooner. There’s no indication yet that a win over Shogun will give him that opportunity, but if it comes, Hendo thinks he has the style to give Jones problems. I agree.

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