The term “one-dimensional” is usually a negative. However, in the case of UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson, his singular approach towards scrapping has been extremely effective. Though he’ll never throw a Spinning Wheel Kick or attempt an Omoplata, “Hendo” has racked up 29 wins in his career with a solid wrestling base and knockout power.
“Dan Henderson is a bread-and-butter type of guy, straight up. (There’s) nothing fancy about him at all. That doesn’t make him less threatening, but it doesn’t make him the most difficult opponent to plan for as opposed to Jon Jones. That basic stuff is the exact thing that gets people in trouble. And that’s what’s kept him at the top of the sport for as long as it has. When it comes to throwing perfect technique, there’s no one in the game at that level who has it (like him). He’s surgical with that right hand. He’s not the fastest, he’s not the strongest, he’s not the biggest – but he’s super accurate and he’s effective with his technique.”
The former divisional king also said he’s entering the June 15 fight with the mindset he had earlier in his career rather than one of entitlement.
“I feel like a big to-do was made about ‘title shot, title shot, title shot,’. Honestly, I just want to go out there and fight and love fighting. When you fight from that place, it brings me back to when I first started fighting. I would go and fight in these tournaments and get paid $500 to fight three guys, and I didn’t care. It was all because I liked to fight and it was fun. When you start to make it all about a title and all that stuff, it gets to the point where you feel like if you’re not fighting for a belt or a chance to fight for the belt, it’s not really worth it.”
“But you know what? It’s time to make fighting just about fighting. If you go out there and fight hard enough and put enough work in, you’re going to get a title shot. So I’m just going to let it take care of itself. I’m 33 years old, I’m still young in the sport, and I’m just going to do me and have fun in the sport. I’m not tired of fighting – I want to fight.”
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