A compelling light heavyweight bout takes place this weekend for UFC 157 between Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida. The winner of this bout is expected to fight for the light heavyweight belt, which is currently being held by Jon Jones. Both of these fighters have knockout power in their hands, and it was on full display in both of their last wins.
Henderson comes into this fight with an overall record of 29-8. He has fought every elite fighter in MMA, has competed in the top MMA organizations, and has fought in over four different weight classes. He is a living legend in the sports of MMA, and surely will go down as one of the greatest fighters. However, there is one belt that has always eluded him, and that is a UFC title.
He has the chance to fight for this coveted title by beating the always-elusive Lyoto Machida. Some of Henderson’s marquee wins are over Fedor Emelianenko, Shogun Rua, Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort, and Wanderlei Silva,
Lyoto Machida has been one of the best fighters in the UFC. Currently 18-3, Machida is a former light heavyweight champion after knocking out Rashad Evans in devastating fashion. Until Shogun Rua found a chink in his armor, Machida seemed virtually unbeatable. Machida has knockout power in his hands, and his karate style makes him one of the best counter strikers in the division.
Machida is coming off an emphatic KO win over Ryan Bader, showcasing his ability to end the fight with one punch or kick. A win over Henderson would be huge for his career, and would set up a rematch with Jon Jones.