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Dan Henderson’s Coach Upset With Ronda Rousey Headlining UFC 157

The MMA world is still buzzing about Ronda Rousey headlining the upcoming UFC 157 card but not everyone is happy about it. Dan Henderson will be sharing the card that night and according to his camp, he and not Rousey should be the headliner.

You knew this was going to come at some point right? Quite frankly I am a little surprised that fighters in the UFC have kept quiet one way or the other on the topic. Rousey coming in, getting a title, and immediately being thrust into a pay per view main event is a big deal. Someone has to have an opinion one way or the other right?

Enter Gus Pugliese. Pugliese is Dan Henderson’s striking coach and a part of Team Quest. Gus took to Facebook to vent his frustrations and question why Rousey and not his athlete is headlining UFC 157.

Ronda is headlining UFC 157. Here is why I have a problem with that. Ronda is the champion of Strikeforce with 6 wins in less than 2 years of a mma professional career. That’s impressive regardless of who she has fought. However, she is not the UFC champion yet. She still has to win this fight to get that belt. On the other hand , we have Hendo, who has also been the Strikeforce champion (never lost the belt),Pride champion in 2 different weight classes; he has been ranked #1 contender for the UFC 205lbs, and #6 by many pound for pound best fighter. His resume is second to none, moreover, he is fighting a former champion, Lyoto Machida. Now why aren’t they main event? Is Ronda a better market value? I don’t know, but her fight could be quick as usual and we could be missing another historic 5 rds fight between 2 legends and possible hall of famers. I’m not saying she doesn’t deserve to headline an UFC event, but certainly not this one.

Well actually he is saying that she doesn’t deserve to headline a pay per view and it happens to be UFC 157. Gus makes some valid points here but loses a lot of credibility if you start reading some of his comments. Pugliese probably would have been better off ending his rant here. But instead we got this.

Whether Hendo can go 5 rds or not, its another discussion. The point is that Ronda shouldn’t be headlining this event. I don’t even think Hendo vs Machida would go to distance. This organization is slowly losing its credibility because its president seems not to keep an opinion. He changes his mind more than a woman changes her tampons.

And there you have it. A credible opinion immediately loses all credibility by making a dumb joke about tampons. It is a shame because he actually had a bit of a point up until he let poor judgment get the better of him.

We can argue whether it is fair or not for Rousey to headline a PPV but I question the business decision behind it. Everyone fighting on this show is now relying on a bonus that is tied to not only a female fight, but a fight that isn’t even very appealing to even casual female MMA fans. This experiment of Dana White’s is fun but at the end of the day there are a lot of fighters who could pay the price for this decision.

Would Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida in a five rounder been such a big draw? Maybe but at least you have an idea of what you are getting with that kind of a fight on top. Nobody has any idea what kind of business this will do with Rousey at the top.

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