What a wacky world we live in. If you told me three years ago that Dan Henderson was on a three-fight losing streak I would have shunned you away and probably called the authorities. This is why I am not paid to cover this sport; but things being as they are, Henderson is not having a career resurgence. He is fighting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua tonight, not only for a win, but probably for his contract with the UFC. In these types of situations, fighters either react by playing it safe and trying to squeeze out a win in whatever way they can or they try to put on the most exciting fight that they can. I think that Henderson will probably just go for broke.
The last time that Henderson and Shogun met it was in 2011, and the fight that ensued was praised as one of the best in the UFC’s history. It is still reminisced by the fans, and everyone who talks about it is usually enthralled and shouting praise at it. The fight really bolstered the reputations of both fighters and definitely helped cement their legacies of violence. I doubt that we will see that exact thing again tonight, but I would not really want to. Tonight, someone needs to win this fight with absolute certainty.
The division is kind of crazy right now, and both of these guys will probably never see a championship bout again — but that is alright. I think, for the winner at least, that future fights would just be fun ones the fans would want to see. Hey, at least the winner would still have a job.