Having a â€œhard headâ€ is definitely a good thing when it comes to excelling in Mixed Martial Arts. Not only can a rock-solid dome absorb more punches than someone with less constitution, but sticking to oneâ€™s guns rather than fold in the face of adversity also has a tendency to play out advantageously.
Former PRIDE/Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson has shown himself to be a perfect example of both characteristics throughout his career having never been knocked out and always remaining a man of principle. The latter recently paid off after Henderson refused to accept bouts against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira or Mauricio Rua only to receive the title-shot he desired in the end.
UFC President Dana White recently confirmed Henderson would get a crack at either the light heavyweight or middleweight championship in his next outing with the more likely option involving the winner of Jon Jones-Rashad Evans‘ 205-pound tilt next month at UFC 145.
â€œYes, Dan Henderson will get the winner of that fight or the winner of the Anderson Silva fight (against Chael Sonnen),â€ explained White in an interview with Fight Day. â€œYou know, there was a lot of talk about the stuff I said. Here is the thing. I offered Dan Henderson two fights. Dan Henderson wants this fight. Normally I donâ€™t do that. Guys donâ€™t sit around and wait and pick their fights. Thereâ€™s been very specific cases where that has happened and itâ€™s guys who have earned it or deserved it. Dan Henderson is one of those guys. Listen, Henderson has been around forever. He is forty-something years old. He has been knocking guys out left and right and if he wants to sit around and wait for this title shot, he can do it.â€
Henderson earned his status as a contender by beating Rua in an all-time classic this past November in addition to holding consecutive wins over Rafael Cavalcante, Renato Sobral, and Fedor Emelianenko in his three previous in-ring appearances.
Evans-Jones fight on April 21, while Silva vs. Sonnen is expected to take place on June 23 at UFC 147.
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