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Dan Henderson Still Dreams of Greatness


(The good, not-so-old days…)

The way Dan Henderson sees it, this fight with Rousimar Palhares is just a step he has to take in order to get that rematch with Anderson Silva. In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports he admitted to not knowing who Palhares was when he accepted the fight — though he did some internet research and figured it out — and then went on to diagnose what went wrong for him against “The Spider” and how he plans to remedy that the next go-round:

“He’s got holes in his game,” said Henderson, who won the first round of the fight, before getting tired and being submitted in the second round. “He’s very athletic and can get away with it. I felt my conditioning was off. I got a little tired and didn’t push the takedown in the second round. If I’d have gotten it, I’d have won the round. I should have been more aggressive when I had him down in the first round. I didn’t expect to finish him so I didn’t try. I was looking to win the round.”

First off, it’s pretty generous to go ahead and attribute the loss entirely to fatigue in the second round. It’s true that Henderson did look to have Silva somewhat figured out in that first round. Trouble is, championship fights go five rounds, and if you don’t plan to finish someone, you’d damn well better be ready to go all five.

But it does remind us that Hendo is still a credible middleweight title challenger at a time when the UFC is desperate for them (no offense, Patrick Cote…okay, a little offense). When viewed through that prism, Henderson-Palhares is suddenly a lot more interesting. Can Henderson show that he’s got his cardio act together, and is thus deserving of another shot at Silva? Will fans give a damn if he does, or is Silva too far out in the stratosphere of pound-for-pound brilliance for the UFC to drum up sufficient interest in rematches with people he’s already beaten?

We’ll have to wait and see, but if Henderson goes out on Saturday and throttles Palhares, don’t be surprised if it’s followed by Mike Goldberg doing the old UFC hard sell on Henderson as number one contender. First he has to win the fight though, and preferably look for a finish this time.

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ETwrXC- September 6, 2008 at 1:54 pm
Hendo really could have taken that second round if hea was a little more used to the octagon. He got a bear hug and bent him back but right into the cage so Silva stood back up. I pray that there is a rematch...I think that Hendo's wrestling/top control is easily better but his bjj cant come close to matching Silva's. He is also getting old so if he wins this better happen soon.
Bill C.- September 5, 2008 at 2:46 am
Walrus: "I could imagine Henderson beating Silva — I’m not saying that it will happen, but he has a solid chance. I would love to see a rematch."

I agree. Hendo was definitely dominating the first round in their fight.
dejoe- September 5, 2008 at 2:35 am
this guy has more excuses than my overweight aunt on wellfare
Walrus- September 4, 2008 at 6:09 pm
I could imagine Henderson beating Silva -- I'm not saying that it will happen, but he has a solid chance. I would love to see a rematch.
Victor- September 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm
I'm still waiting for the Ando/Okami rematch. Heal your hand already.
Joe T- September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm
Hendo is underrated and tough, but I think the Spider still wins.

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Anonymous- September 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm
I definetly think Hendo is still underrated! I cant wait for him to get his rematch with The Spider. I think it will have a different outcome.GO HENDO!!
Aaron from alaska- September 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm
"Will fans give a damn if he does, or is Silva too far out in the stratosphere of pound-for-pound brilliance for the UFC to drum up sufficient interest in rematches with people he’s already beaten?".............. Since Silva did not end Hendo with a DEVASTATING KNOCKOUT or TKO STOPPAGE as he has destroyed most of his opponents I would say he does stand a chance...slight as it may be...but a chance none-the-less
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