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Hendo Says Pain Meds Hampered Weight Cut, Performance in Shields Fight


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It was pretty clear back in April that Dan Henderson came to Strikeforce: Nashville fully intending to knock Jake Shields out in the first round. When that didn’t quite happen, it looked to a lot of people watching at home like Henderson just took an “ah, fuck this” attitude to the next four rounds. In conceding a unanimous decision loss, Hendo sent Shields cruising to the UFC on a high note while simultaneously raising a lot of troubling questions about his own future in the sport and exactly what Strikeforce got when it signed the 40-year-old former Pride champ to a deal after Big DW passed on him.

Now, Henderson says it wasn’t boredom or lack of training that made him look like a guy who’d rather be back home in California wolfing down fish tacos and watching the tide roll in for the final 20-minutes of his promotional debut.  It was, uh, the pain pills. Yeah … not sure if this makes it better or worse, but Hendo recently told MMA Weekly that the meds he was taking for his aching back turned his weight cut to 185-pounds for that bout into a real doozy and that it left him feeling not quite himself by the time he stepped in the cage.


“It was just some medication I had took for my back that kind of helped keep the weight on me, and it just has to do with the pain I guess,” Henderson said. “I was just real flat that fight, and the weight cut really zapped me.”

Anyhoo, Hendo says he’s drug free these days and is totally not opposed to fighting at middleweight in the future … just, you know, not right now, as he’s set to take on Babalu Sobral in the main event of the upcoming Strikeforce show in Missouri on Dec. 4.  That fight will be at 205-pounds and CEO Scott Coker has implied that the winner could become the No. 1 contender for unlikely champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Remember him? For now Henderson says it will be “more fun” to fight at light heavyweight for a little while as Strikeforce scrounges around for somebody, anybody to fight middleweight champ Jacare Souza.

“I never minded fighting at either weight, with the exception of my last fight,” Henderson said.  “I just think it’s funner to not have to cut weight.”

We’re cool with that, depending on what kind of fun you mean. Are we talking eat-that-extra-slice-of-pecan-pie-at-thanksgiving because you know you don’t have to make weight fun? Or are we talking get-as-gassed-up-on-Vicodin-and-Oxycodone-as-you-want because you know you don’t have to make weight fun?

J/K playa, j/k.

On a serious note however, even though – for the thousandth time – we don’t run a public relations firm here (so take this with a grain of salt) we’re still not sure falling back on the ol’ “Oh, my last fight? It was only shitty because of all the painkillers I was on at the time,” defense is the bestest strategy moving forward. But that’s just us.

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dranokills- December 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm
Lesnars_tiny_pe... Says:
Mon, 11/29/2010 - 08:23

Yea and Drano knows what he is talking about, I may be wrong but didn't you tell me before Lesnars last fight that Cain has pillow hands and Brock would destroy him? May be my mistake but I thought that was you. Anyhoo, He had a bad night but Hendo still looks better than A LOT of the garbage out there so you go Hendo. I am on PKillers right now and my weight has soared to 250 which wouldn't be a problem except I am 5' 2"
BEEF CAKE!!!
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dude the meds have confused you, you somehow have mixed me up with one of those lame fucking Cock chestner nuthuggers. You won't ever find a single place where I posted that I thought chesty would ever win. More to the point I knew damn well Cain should, and would destroy cock chestner, and was damn glad, and gloating happy when it happened.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- November 29, 2010 at 8:23 am
Yea and Drano knows what he is talking about, I may be wrong but didn't you tell me before Lesnars last fight that Cain has pillow hands and Brock would destroy him? May be my mistake but I thought that was you. Anyhoo, He had a bad night but Hendo still looks better than A LOT of the garbage out there so you go Hendo. I am on PKillers right now and my weight has soared to 250 which wouldn't be a problem except I am 5' 2"
BEEF CAKE!!!
RSparrow- November 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Pain pills can also make you horny, maybe thats why they rolled around for so long.
JaredB- November 28, 2010 at 9:40 am
I'm not sure who is more unfairly slept on by this site, Bigfoot Silva or Feijao Cavalcante. Either way, Feijao is one of the most interesting fighters in Strikeforce and I could see him beating Henderson, Mousasi, Babalu, as well as most of the mid-tier 205ers in the UFC. He has great MT and is improving with each fight.
Kimbos Bread- November 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm
I'm not exactly giving Hendo shit for the Shields loss. Just don't want to see him turn into a laughing stock like Coleman and Shamrock did. If he loses he should hang it up so he'd still go out on good rep. Then we the fans can pretend the whole strikeforce thing never happened.
RaginAsian- November 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm
Dan by flying hammerfist.
dranokills- November 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm
Payday Says:
Sun, 11/28/2010 - 05:20

In my book Hendo get a free pass fo mutha fuckin' life for the startching he gave Bisping.
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He WOULD have, but instead he got stupid and believed that he was somebody he wasn't just cause he knocked out a nobody like pisspenis.
All he had to do was take what was offered, and be humble and live off that really nice KO, but noooooooooo he got a big head.
His fight with shieldzzzzzzzz just proved what we already knew, he ain't much, and he ain't worth big bucks, get real Hendo you are a curtain puller not a show stopping main eventer.
Payday- November 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm
In my book Hendo get a free pass fo mutha fuckin' life for the startching he gave Bisping.
DARKHORSE06- November 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm
How the hell can you guys give Hendo shit? The dude's 40-some-odd years old and has been beating ass for forever. If he has an off night (and admits it) so what?



Kimbos Bread- November 27, 2010 at 11:58 am
I hope hendo gets put into the retirement home after this one. Coleman needs someone to keep him company there.
steampunk22- November 27, 2010 at 10:23 am
^^Ha! Snarky!

:)
LBo- November 27, 2010 at 10:16 am
I get that you're editorially drained from the massive weight cut of losing Ben Fowlkes... but giving a 40 y/o icon of the sport this much shit for plainly admitting he 'looked flat' in his last fight and was on medication for a career spent physically punishing himself?

Blogs are supposed to be snarky and irreverent in tone, but this is some troll shit.
Sho Nuff- November 27, 2010 at 9:42 am
I hope Hendo says something Babalu can take the wrong way and then "teach him some respect" in the ring, long after the ref steps in. "Sometimes this happens in MMA" - Gus will comment.
cecils_pupils- November 27, 2010 at 9:17 am
Dude, Dan, I feel ya. It sucks to lose all your energy just because of some minor dehydration. I mean, it's only like 15 pounds of water weight, it's not like your vital organs really need it to perform optimally.
PERPATRAITOR- November 27, 2010 at 8:59 am
Babalu FTW!!! His dedication and downright old G thuggery will outlast Hendo's extinct right hand and wrestling.
Dizzylittlelord- November 27, 2010 at 8:44 am
i dont think any good fighter has lost without giving an excuse 2 months down the line
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