Man oh man, how I do love me some Dan Henderson. Something about the older guy getting in there, still showing that he has the talent for competing with the younger guys, gives me goosebumps. Unfortunately for Henderson, he may be fighting Daniel Cormier, and that stinks for him.
There first thing that I would like to say is that Henderson has fought at heavyweight and even knocked out said natural heavyweight. Even with that fact, Henderson is on a one-way track for a beatdown and I do not think he knows it.
Cormier is a certified animal. His wrestling is better and fresher than Henderson’s. This is quite possibly the scariest part of the fight because Cormier taking Henderson down and pounding him into the canvas is a scenario that will likely happen. Another huge factor that will roll in Cormier’s favor is conditioning. Cormier is more than ready for a war, and we have seen him grind out decisions on long fights.
One could even say Cormier prefers that type of fight, whereas Henderson has gassed in the past and it will continue to be a factor until he proves otherwise.
The edge that Henderson has is always his right hand. It saved him in previous fights and has yet to meet a foe that it could not knock out. Cormier’s chin is largely untested, and it would be a shame for him to think that he could survive Henderson’s right hand.
However, Hendo will be in serious trouble if he takes this fight, and I recommend that he does not.