The last time Dan Henderson had his hand raised after a fight was on Nov. 19, 2011, after a five-round battle with Mauricio Rua. They will meet again 856 days later in UFC Fight Night 38’s main event in Natal, Brazil, and the former PRIDE champion feels ready to get back on track.
Henderson and “Shogun” headlined UFC 139 card in San Jose, Calif., and the Team Quest veteran dominated the first three rounds. He gassed, and the Brazilian got the best of him in the later rounds.
“Not to punch myself out trying to finish him because he’s hard to finish,” Henderson told MMAFighting.com when asked about the lessons he learned in their first encounter. “I’ll take my shots a little better.
“I’m excited to come down here and fight. I’m already used to hear the (Brazilian) fans say I’m going to die, so I want to come down here and prove them wrong (laughs).”
UFC champion Jon Jones was the only man capable of finishing “Shogun” with strikes during his 12-year MMA career, but Henderson is confident he can do it.
“I’m capable of finishing him, but it doesn’t always happens when you want, so I’m ready to go five rounds,” he said. “I’m excited about it.”
“Shogun” still thinks the first fight should have been a draw. Henderson disagrees.
“He was trying to finish me in the last round, and I know that one of the criteria to get a 10-8 is when you’re close to get finished,” he said. “He had the mount most of the fifth round but he wasn’t doing much to me. He was so tired he didn’t hurt me. If you score that way, the third round was also a 10-8. It is what it is.”
Coming off three straight losses under the UFC banner, Henderson won’t play it safe to get back to the win column.
“I don’t know if it affects my strategy at all,” he said about the losses. “Just make sure to control the fight a little bit better, making sure I don’t end up on the bottom.”
“In my mind, I’m not coming off three losses, but it’s still three losses,” he continued. “I don’t want a fourth on that, for sure. In the first, Rashad, I felt should have gone other way. It was a close fight, it’s not like I was beat up for three fights. It’s a little bit extra motivation, I guess, to make sure it doesn’t happen again, but it won’t change my strategy in the fight.
Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre interested in superfight with Anderson Silva under fair conditions – MMA Fighting
REALLY?….This is the reason you don’t want to fight anymore? cause OTHER dudes might not be tested properly? I hope this dude gets his head right, to me this guy is seriously the Michael Jordan of MMA. It would be a shame to have his Legacy come to an end because of improper testing of the athletes he has to compete with.
I’m not a big fan of Johnny Hendricks, In fact I don’t see anything that special about him. I think that if Lawler had made a few little Minor adjustments like mixing it up a little more, Lawler could have won. In any case here’s the highlights of the fight and JH is the New welterweight Champ. Its sad to see George St Pierre’s Title just out there for the taking! I wish George would come back healthy and with his mind right and Take back what should be his for the duration!
Daniel Cormier: I want to make Pat Cummins the biggest, meanest, toughest guy I ever stepped into the cage with – Bloody Elbow
Tonight will be awesome with over 5 hours of UFC!….Prelims start at 6 and main fights start at 8pm. In my are thi is not HD channel yet. I hope they have an HD Fox Sports 1 . Right now its just the old speed channel here in CT.
Bellator Needed to do this to make the Pay Per view Worth it!….Certainly Tito and Rampage weren’t enough to make fans pay 40 bucks for PPV fight.
It’s been nearly a year since he last fought, but Eddie Alvarez is once again under contract with Bellator MMA. He’ll make his next start for the promotion in a rematch with lightweight champion Michael Chandler on the Rampage vs. Tito pay-per-view on Nov. 2 in Long Beach, Calif.
Bellator officials announced the fight on Tuesday.
Chandler and Alvarez last fought at Bellator 58 on Nov. 19, 2011. Their positions were juxtaposed at the time with Alvarez stepping into the bout as Bellator lightweight champion.
It was a back-and-forth battle that went deep into the fourth round. There were several near finishes by both men throughout the fight, but it was Chandler that dropped Alvarez and finished him with a rear naked choke in round four.
That original bout was widely considered the fight of the year in 2011. Bellator president Bjorn Rebney would take it a step further.
“I’ve been cageside for more live fights than almost anyone on the planet,” said Rebney. “Without question, Chandler vs. Alvarez was the best MMA fight I’ve ever seen.
“I’m excited to be able to deliver this rematch to MMA fans. It’s been a long time coming and we’ve had to jump over a lot of hurdles to get this done, but from the day we announced our PPV, I promised fans that this card was going to be the deepest we’ve ever done, and we are well on our way. This is just the start.”
Chandler has won three consecutive bouts since upsetting Alvarez in 2011. His most recent fight was a 44-second knockout of David Rickels at Bellator 97 on July 31.
“Without sounding too disrespectful, when I fought Eddie the first time in 2011, I didn’t even know what it meant to be an MMA fighter,” Chandler said. “Two years later, I’ve grown so much as a mixed martial artist, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind on Nov. 2, my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my waist.”
Alvarez has won both of his post-Chandler bouts by knockout, defeating Shinya Aoki and Patricky Freire.
Following the Freire knockout, however, Alvarez was mired in an ugly contract negotiation that pitted Bellator against the UFC. Had he not come to terms with Bellator, Alvarez was staring another year or two on the sidelines before the legal wrangling would have weaved its way through the judicial system.
He instead made the move to resign with Bellator to try and avenge the loss that still haunts him.
“I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record,” Alvarez remarked. “This was a long process, but at the end of the day I’m back with Bellator and I’m happy to get back in the cage. I really believe everything happens for a reason, and at the end of the day my family and I are happy, and I’m ready to get my belt back on Nov. 2.”
Rebney has stated that there will be several Bellator title bouts on the Rampage vs. Tito fight card – the promotion’s first foray into the pay-per-view realm – but has yet to reveal any of the other fights
Newly Signed to Bellator MMA, Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson Take Parting Shots at UFC – Yahoo! Sports
So from what I understand this pic was taken way back when Tito was still in the UFC and him and Dana were beefin, But both of these washed up idiots can’t understand that taking shots at the UFC is not gonna win them over anymore fans? or help their “Brand”? . It just makes them sound salty, and with the last few performances from both of these dudes being pretty bad, WITH more to come, they should figure out when to shut up!
Rampage is a complete Idiot, Dumb as a tree trunk. Tito at least has some brains and finds ways to make money away from fighting.
Here’s a clue – YOUR BOTH WASHED UP PAST YOUR PRIME FIGHTERS!…..The only reason Bellator signed you is because you have Big names in MMA, and because they want to grow! Not because you guys ARE great fighters who can still get it done!….IS Rampage or Tito gonna fight in a Bellator Tournament???? I Don’t think so! They will both get their asses handed to them by a new crop of fighters who could care less about either one of these dudes.
Thought this was pretty cool, Im always looking for good MMA news sources.
Tito Ortiz signs with Bellator, meets ‘Rampage’ Jackson on pay-per-view Nov. 2 | News – MMAjunkie.com
Tito hasn’t won a fight in like his last 10 fights, he obviously needs money. I used to be a fan of rampage too, but got tired of getting let down by him too!….both of these guys should hang it up for good.