With Dan Henderson now ready to make his return to the octagon at UFC 139 on November 19th against former light heavyweight champion Mauricio Shogun Rua, “Hendo” seems thoroughly confident that he is still one of the best fighters in the world. Henderson and Shogun will get down in just over a month and a half at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and his return couldn’t be against a tougher opponent. Henderson vacated the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt to make his UFC return and is coming off of a KO win over Fedor Emelianenko back in July. With his confidence sky high he recently spoke with Clinch Gear about his upcoming battle with Shogun. Here is what he had to say:
“He’s just well rounded. He throws some nice knees, some nice kicks. He’s got some power in his punches. With that being said, I think I’m better in every aspect. I think I should definitely do well in that fight. It’s a five rounder. I think I can wear ‘Shogun’ out, so I think that will be an advantage for me. I hoped that the [UFC] would have wanted to unify the [Strikeforce and UFC light heavyweight] belts right off the bat with me. But, who knows? I’m not the guy writing the checks or in charge. I’m just out there to fight, do well and make sure that every fight I have is a big one.”
This is a great fight for the fans considering both men are already legends of the sport, both are former PRIDE and UFC champions, and both are still very dangerous for any opponent they are paired up with. So is Henderson right in his assumptions that he is “better in every aspect” of the sport or is he in for a rude awakening against Rua on November 19th in his UFC return? And is a win over Shogun enough to place “Hendo” in line for a light heavyweight title fight with the winner of Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans? Let’s hear it fight fans: Is Hendo over confident or is he literally still one of the most dangerous men in the division?
All I know is that come November 19th in San Jose we need to be ready for some serious leather to be thrown as these two legends square off inside the UFC octagon. Can’t wait!
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