Dan Henderson is thankful that Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche are the main event for UFC 157 later this month.

That means Henderson doesn’t have to prepare for a five-round war with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Instead, he just needs to worry about three.

And, knowing Henderson and how focused he is on earning a finish each time he steps inside the Octagon, the veteran doesn’t plan on fighting for a whole 15 minutes.

“I’m glad I only have to fight him for three rounds, not five,” said Henderson, during an interview with MMAFighting.com. “There’s no secrets to what Machida does. The game plan’s to go in there and get the knockout and not let it go to the judges.”

Henderson (29-8) is on a four-fight win streak and was scheduled to compete for the UFC light heavyweight title last year before suffering an injury in training. He will likely become the top contender to the title with a win over Machida.

The Henderson-Machida bout will be the co-main event from the Honda Center, as Rousey defends her UFC bantamweight title against Carmouche in the main event.

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