Report: Dan Henderson-Lyoto Machida Headed to UFC 157 in Anaheim
A pivotal light heavyweight collision between Dan
is now reportedly slated for UFC
The pairing was initially thought to be scheduled for UFC
156 on Feb. 2, but it now appears that Henderson will tangle
with Machida at the Feb. 23 event, which takes place at the Honda
Center in Anaheim, Calif. The booking was first reported by
Brazilian outlet Tatame, though promotion officials have yet to
announce the matchup.
Henderson, 42, was set to challenge Jon Jones for
UFC light heavyweight crown this past September but was forced
to withdraw from that bout on short notice due to a knee injury. A
former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titlist as well as
a Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Henderson is widely
regarded as one of the sport’s most accomplished competitors. He
returned to the UFC just over one year ago, taking a hard-fought
unanimous decision victory over onetime Pride 205-pound king
Rua in a “Fight of the Year” nominee at UFC 139.
Machida, meanwhile, last competed on Aug. 4, when he buried
Bader with a sharp counter right hand at UFC on Fox 4. After
going 16-0 to begin his career, “The Dragon” has lost three of his
last five fights, though his setbacks have come against the cream
of the crop. The Brazilian karateka initially won the UFC light
heavyweight crown by knocking out Rashad
Evans in 2009, but he relinquished his throne to Rua the
following year after edging “Shogun” in a controversial unanimous
decision to retain his belt at UFC 104. Prior to his knockout of
Bader, Machida tried to recapture his title from Jones this past
December, but he was choked unconscious with a second-round
guillotine at UFC 140.
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