Two days after win, Dan Henderson volunteers to fight Lyoto Machida at UFC 173


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lyoto-machida-ufc-157Two days after a comeback win over light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in UFC Fight Night 38's main event, Dan Henderson is apparently eager to get back in the cage.

On Monday night, the 43-year-old vet offered to fill in for injured champion Chris Weidman and fight fellow middleweight Lyoto Machida at UFC 173, in hopes of avenging an earlier defeat to “The Dragon.”

On Monday the UFC announced Weidman (11-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) suffered a minor knee injury that will require surgery, and his pay-per-view title fight with Machida (21-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) has been moved from UFC 173 on May 24 to UFC 175 on July 5. Both events take place in Las Vegas.

However, Henderson (30-11 MMA, 7-5 UFC), who scored a third-round TKO win over Rua in this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 38 headliner, offered to fill in for Weidman and fight Machida, who was a recent replacement for Vitor Belfort.

Henderson suffered a split-decision defeat to Machida at UFC 157 in February 2013. Cageside judges and media were split with their scores for the bout, which was billed as a potential title eliminator. Machida, though, went on to fight Phil Davis, not champ Jon Jones, in his next bout. Following the controversial loss, he dropped to middleweight and is now 2-0 in his new weight class.

Although the UFC appears content with the rescheduling of Weidman vs. Machida – and though Machida is unlikely to give up a guaranteed title shot to take a fight with Henderson – it’s impressive that Henderson is apparently willing to get back in the cage so quickly, especially at a lighter weight class.

UFC officials haven’t announced what’s next for Henderson, who snapped a three-fight losing streak with his win over Rua.

For the latest on UFC 173, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida)

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