He’s Back! Hendo to the UFC!
After a short period where he was the undisputed top free agent in the world of MMA not named Alistair Overeem (see what I did there?), Dan Henderson has agreed to come back to the UFC and will face Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 in November in San Jose, California.
It is yet another blow to Strikeforce, as their belt holders sign one-by-one to the UFC in what many see as an inevitable merger between the two promotions. Well, merger may be too even-handed a term: Until the UFC absorbs Strikeforce.
The Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title Holder, Henderson talked during his free agency period about returning to the UFC. As the Strikeforce Champ, one would think he’d be getting a title shot or be close to it.
I don’t know if this fight with Shogun puts him where he probably should be. He has beaten Shogun’s older brother, Murilo, when they fought in Pride, so maybe there is a marketing hook there. Shogun’s last two fights are a loss to Jon Jones, where he was outclassed significantly and a win against a muddled Forrest Griffin. Frankly, I don’t know where either fighter would fit in the UFC ranks coming off of this match-up.
I can’t see either fighter getting a title shot with a win… the Light Heavyweight ranks are just too full of talent waiting in the wings.
Still, it’s good to have a Hendo fight to look forward to. And, Jon Jones fight aside, Shogun is always entertaining.