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Report: Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida Targeted for LHW #1 Contender Match

(Machida has a lot riding on this fight: A UFC title shot, the respect of Brazil’s fans, and a chance to one day sit on the Cool Guy Bench.)

The UFC’s light-heavyweight title picture has become quite a twisted web over the last few weeks. When Dan Henderson blew out his knee before his scheduled title challenge against Jon Jones at UFC 151 (R.I.P.), the call went out to Lyoto Machida to meet Jones at UFC 152, since the Dragon was officially next in line. But then Machida declined the offer, and yada yada yada, we now have an aging middleweight looking to shock the world next weekend.

So does that mean that Henderson keeps his spot at the front of the 205-pound contender-line when he heals up? Not exactly. According to a new report from Dave Meltzer on MMAFighting, UFC president Dana White now intends to have Hendo and Machida fight each other to determine the true #1 LHW contender. The planned booking seems to be motivated at least partly by anger. As Meltzer writes:

[Regarding] Machida turning down the originally announced shot at champion Jon Jones at UFC 152 on Sept. 22 in Toronto, White mentioned that he felt Machida made the wrong decision…White at the time was upset with both Henderson and Machida. He was mad at Henderson for keeping the knee injury secret for two weeks, which is against protocol as fighters are supposed to inform UFC of all injuries immediately, and had he not done so, White felt they may have been able to save [UFC 151].

Though the match hasn’t been tied to a specific event, Henderson has stated that he’d be healed up and ready to fight as early as December — which means that after he fights Vitor Belfort, Jon Jones could be on the shelf until well into Spring 2013, waiting for his next fight. That’ll teach him.

Here’s my concern: Machida could end up beating Hendo, and then we’ll have to sit through the Jones vs. Machida rematch that nobody asked for, and miss out on the Jones vs. Henderson fight that we were genuinely psyched about. What do you think? Is booking Henderson vs. Machida the right way to go? And who takes it?

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zhanbao3- September 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm
Dewdness- September 17, 2012 at 10:46 am
This will end 1 of 2 ways, imo.
Hendo by KO, Machida running away from the Hbomb UD.
Hendo will defeat the Dragon the same way Shogun did in the 2nd fight.
Nippletwist- September 17, 2012 at 6:52 am
well hendo vs. machida is an awesome fight but hendo vs jones needs to happen and machida vs jones 2 isnt that interesting because machida already got his shit handed to him. so id say save hendo for the fight with jones and match machida up with one of the other 205 contenders like glover or gustaffson. or just have lyoto kick chaels ass for the hilarity. lyoto will remain marketable because he actually wins and so will will chael because chael will just claim he won and his idiot fans will believe him.
MaritalArtist- September 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm
They're all headed to the Brazilian BBQ.
lyoto fan- September 15, 2012 at 7:10 am
Machida or Belfort well take bones before hendo cuz hendo doesn't have the speed or great cardio!That's why I wouldn't count on hendo against bones or machida!
guelph gym- September 15, 2012 at 12:04 am
when i look at the photo i dont see steven segal
guelph gym- September 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm
i wasnt very hyped for the fight id actually forgot they were fighting until the card got canceled
Get Off Me- September 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm
"Vitor's not gonna make the photo...ha ha ha"
eselockster- September 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm
Ricardo fagtardo@ stfu Machida only one who has taken a round from jonsie, next time he won't get caught in a desperation guillotine
memling- September 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm
terrible news.
henderson has a much better chance than machida at beating jon jones, but machida will probably beat henderson if the two fight first.

very sad week in MMA. henderson will likely never get to fight jon jones now even though i have henderson winning that fight in my analysis.
Dizzylittlelord- September 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm
dead cow has it spot on, everyone wants to see hendo fight jones because his style just wont work against machida
RwilsonR- September 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm
I didn't like Machida getting a title shot before, but if he has a dominant win over Bader and Hendo, it starts to be a better claim to a title shot than anyone else right now. If Hendo manages to win, it also makes his case a lot better than it was previously.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm
I double dog dare Chael Sonnen to streak through that room naked with "Bra-zil Is 4 Fags" painted on his ass.
Buster Hyman- September 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm
machida hasn't earned his hood yet
Ricardo Guitardo- September 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm
Machinda doesn't deserve to be the #1 contender and he is not that popular either. I dont understand it. And on top of it all he is a pussy bitch scared to fight. I just dont understand....
The_Dead_Cow- September 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Why does Machida get title shots even though he hasn't been that dominant lately? Last time he fought Jones, Machida was on a 1 fight win streak and 1-2 in his last 3. This time he could possibly on a 2 fight win streak, and 3-3 in his last 6. I say give Hendo the winner of Jones/Belfort, then make Machida fight Gustafson.
The12ozCurls- September 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm
Damn Noguiera - Nice JORTS!
The Fonz would be proud.
eselockster- September 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm
Machida should win vs Henderson by Ud, hendo too slow for Machida, I would rather see hendo fight Jones then machida fight Jones honestly or in watever order
Mauro Dos Santos- September 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm
Awesome fight ...and a fair one too, since they both messed up. Great caption!
RwilsonR- September 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm
"Machida could end up beating Hendo..."? Pretty sure that's a certainty. I don't really give Hendo much chance in this fight. Good news is Machida has a much better chance of beating Jon Jones. Still not a great chance, but probably better than anyone else right now unless Anderson would step up and pick on a champion his own size.
CrackMasterVanSnap- September 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Is that the Brazilian version of an ad for the Gap?
The12ozCurls- September 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm
No it is an advertisement for a new retail chain called: