The UFC light heavyweight champion will get closer to a clear cut top contender on February 23, 2013. Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida will meet at UFC 157 in a battle of former Strikeforce and UFC champions in hopes of providing the UFC with an undisputed number one contender.
The announcement is now official and the fight will likely headline or semi-main event the UFC 157 event in Anaheim, California in 2013. Henderson will be coming off an arguable fight of the year for 2011 victory over former champion Shogun Rua while Lyoto Machida comes off of a one-sided dominant win over Ryan Bader.
This fight had been rumored for awhile yet the UFC appeared hesitant to pull the trigger. Henderson’s time table for returning has always been an issue as multiple reports indicated various dates in which he could return. Machida has been idle since the Bader win and ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, anderson silva, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Shogun Rua, UFC 157
Dan Henderson’s knee injury days before UFC 151 sent the light heavyweight division into a tailspin. Where does Henderson fit into the picture once he returns? According to Hendo, it won’t be in a championship fight.
Dan Henderson has sat on the sidelines the last few weeks and watched his UFC light heavyweight title opportunity go up in smoke. UFC president Dana White threw the entire division for a loop when he named Chael Sonnen, a fighter who hasn’t fought in the division in years, as the number-one contender. Henderson now confirms that unlike Sonnen, he will indeed have to fight to get his title shot.
Henderson joined Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour for a revealing interview this past week. Henderson had some interesting things to say to the MMA reporter including what is next in his UFC career. Helwani asked Henderson about a rumored fight against Lyoto Machida which is ..click here to read more
Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida, UFC 156
The top UFC light heavyweight fighters are in an uproar over Chael Sonnen getting to the front of the title line. UFC president Dana White has made his message crystal clear. Accept your short notice title fight or move to the back of the line and that just isn’t fair.
White blasted Lyoto Machida, along with a few others for not taking a championship fight against Jon Jones on short notice. White’s message was clear in a recent media call. You may have earned the title shot but you can just as easily lose it if you don’t take the fight when offered, short notice or not.
“Everyone of these guys that are b*tching about a title show now, were offered the fight and turned it down. They refused to fight Jon Jones. Now they’re bummed out because Chael stepped up on eight days notice and he’s going to coach The Ultimate ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, dana white, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Shogun Rua, UFC 151, UFC 152, Vitor Belfort
Nobody can accuse Jon Jones from running Chael Sonnen any longer. The UFC light heavyweight champion will not only fight Sonnen in 2013 but will coach against him on The Ultimate Fighter season 17.
“This should be a good one,” said White. “Jon has accepted the fight. He knows the fans want to see that fight.”
I can’t say I am surprised. Jon Jones recently gave an interview where he said he was interested in coaching on The Ultimate Fighter and also recently said that he’d fight Chael if that’s what the fans wanted. I actually sent out a tweet on Monday predicting this exact scenario including the TUF gig.
Dana White broke the news to the LA Times on Tuesday in a story that has a lot of MMA fans and media scratching their heads. Sonnen will go from getting thrashed by Anderson Silva in the second round ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, dana white, forrest griffin, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, shogun rua, The Ultimate Fighter
UFC 151 is the story that just won’t go away. UFC champion Jon Jones is now starting to speak out against his critics and give his side of the story. Unfortunately the champ is doing more damage with every word that comes out of his mouth.
I won’t rehash all of the specifics of UFC 151 because if you are taking the time to read this blog, chances are good you already know what happened. Jones has been vilified by the UFC, fans, media, and fellow fighters for refusing to fight Chael Sonnen on eight days notice. Dana White blamed the cancellation of UFC 151 on Jones unwillingness to take the fight. Jon Jones disagrees.
Jones gave a fascinating interview to Ariel Helwani on MMAFighting.com. What is so fascinating to me is just how clueless Jon Jones really is. He certainly doesn’t come off as the great businessman he proclaims ..click here to read more
Ariel Helwani, Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, dana white, Jon Jones
The UFC 151 fallout continues and it isn’t getting easier for Jon Jones. Media and fans continue to vilify Bones for not taking a new fight after Dan Henderson got hurt. Yet surprisingly nobody has pointed the finger at Hendo. Is Dan Henderson getting a free ride at the expense of the Bones Jones?
Henderson started making the media rounds on Monday, shedding a lot of light on what actually went down leading up to him pulling out of the fight. UFC president Dana White chastised Jones for almost an hour when the UFC 151 cancellation was made, giving Henderson no culpability in the debacle. Yet the more I hear from Hendo and his team, the more I am starting to wonder why Henderson has avoided any shrapnel in this explosion.
The timeline of Henderson’s injury leading up to UFC 151 has become clearer in recent days. Henderson and his coaches are ..click here to read more
Dan Henderson, dana white, Jon Jones, UFC 151
UFC president Dana White blasted Jon Jones for refusing to fight at UFC 151. Yet a few days later I think it is fair to ask whether White’s honesty will cost Zuffa more money over the next decade than any cancelled event could ever account for?
Now that the dust has settled I think it is fair to look at the situation with a little more clarity. To recap, Dan Henderson had to pull out of his UFC 151 fight with champion Bones Jones. Jones declined the opportunity to fight Chael Sonnen as a replacement with eight days notice. Without a main-event, UFC 151 was outright cancelled, costing the company millions of dollars in paid promotion that will never be recouped. White has put the blame for this squarely on the shoulders of his champion.
White went nuts on Jones on during the press conference in which the cancellation was announced. White ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, dana white, Jon Jones, UFC 151
UFC 151 is cancelled and the blame for this has been placed squarely on the shoulders of the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Bones Jones. While it is easy to vilify Jones, is the champion being used as a scapegoat by the real man responsible for this mess, Dana White?
Dana White cut a scathing promo on Jon Jones last week during a conference call announcing the cancellation of UFC 151. Jones was scheduled to fight Dan Henderson in the main-event. Henderson hurt his knee and Jones was offered Chael Sonnen as a replacement. Jones turned down the fight claiming he needed more time to prepare, the event, was cancelled, and the UFC is blaming Jones for this entire mess.
It is easy to chastise Jones for his action. MMA is a sport based on machismo. Nobody wants to look at the big picture. To the average fan watching at home, it ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, dana white, Jon Jones, UFC 151
The Dan Henderson vs. Jon Jones fight will have to wait. A blown knee in training will sideline Dan Henderson indefinitely, leaving Jones fight-less. What is the UFC to do with a show without a main-event? Well cancel it of course.
The UFC made history today by cancelling the event outright. I can’t recall the UFC ever cancelling a big pay per view event with two week’s notice. Dana White said it was the first time in UFC history that they are cancelling an event. White confirmed that Henderson has a tear in his knee and is unavailable.
“This is one of my all-time lows as president,” White said. “For the first time in 11 years we’re going to cancel an event.”
White confirmed to reporters that Chael Sonnen accepted the fight with Jon Jones on eight days notice. White told reporters that Sonnen offered to sign for the fight immediately and the ..click here to read more
Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, dana white, Greg Jackson, Jon Jones, UFC 151
The UFC On Fox 4 results may have been predictable, but not all went according to plan. Four light heavyweights battled for the next UFC light heavyweight title shot with an unexpected face moving on to the title round.
UFC president Dana White took a lot of heat in recent weeks after proclaiming that the main-event between Brandon Vera and Shogun Rua would decide the next UFC light heavyweight title challenger. In the face of criticism, White opened up the competition to the semi-main event between Machida and Bader. White proclaimed that the most impressive winner of the two fights would move on to the Dan Henderson vs. Jon Jones winner. Most MMA reports indicated that the UFC were pulling for Shogun, yet it was Rua’s old foe that would get the upper hand on Saturday night.
Lyoto Machida reinvented himself on national television Saturday night. The fighter who once looked unbeatable ..click here to read more
Brandon Vera, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Ryan Bader
In what can only be described as a shameful effort to promote the upcoming UFC on Fox 4 broadcast, Dana White confirmed one of the most shocking MMA rumors of last week. The winner of Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera will indeed get the next UFC light heavyweight title shot.
I blogged a bit on this last week but I continue to be dumbfounded by the statement. The UFC president first broke the news last week to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports. White reaffirmed the news Monday on the UFC on Fox 4 conference call only confirming that the most powerful man in Mixed Martial-Arts has truly lost his mind.
I don’t know where to begin other than the obvious. I have no idea with a straight face who White can promote either Rua or Vera with a win as the next championship challenger. For a ..click here to read more
Alexander Gustafsson, Brandon Vera, Dan Henderson, dana white, Jon Jones, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Ryan Bader, UFC on Fox 4
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is one win away from cleaning out the top five contenders in just a year and a half. A win over Henderson opens up the division, yet leaves no real contenders at the top of the heap. Dana White plans to change that with the UFC on FOX 4 event.
White told Fox Sports Alex Marvez that the UFC on Fox 4 fight card will most likely determine the next challenger for the UFC light heavyweight champion. There are two “marquee” light heavyweight fights on the show featuring two former champions. According to the boss, the winner of the main-event would get the title shot unless the win was “unimpressive.” In that case the UFC would look to the co-headliner for its next challenger.
“These fighters have a huge opportunity to show the world why they deserve to fight for the UFC title next,” ..click here to read more
Brandon Vera, Dan Henderson, Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Ryan Bader, shogun rua, UFC on Fox 4