Dan Henderson is fighting Lyoto Machida on February 2.
The fight was Henderson confirmed by Henderson himself during an appearance on Spike TV last night. The event takes place Superbowl weekend and is numbered UFC 156.
It will likely form the co-main event to the Jose Aldo featherweight title defence against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. According to recent rhetoric from UFC president Dana White, the winner gets a shot at the winner of the Jon Jones/Chael Sonnen light-heavyweight title fight.
Henderson was supposed to be fighting for the title at UFC 151 but injured his knee and was forced to pull out. The subsequent fall out - including Jones refusing to accept Sonnen as a stand-in on a few days notice - included the event being cancelled and the UFC labelling Jones and his coach Greg Jackson as “sport killers”.
These days tempers have cooled but the decision to award Sonnen a title shot and a TUF coaching role irks Henderson, despite Sonnen being his Team Quest team mate. He said when the fight was announced that the decision ‘degrades’ the sport of MMA and he stands by that. He clarified his position on Spike TV last night:
“That wasn't directed at Chael at all. It is what it is. I called it how I saw it. I could have said that the UFC is promoting circus acts. You know, the man with the longest arms against MMA's biggest mouth? It is what it is. I don't think that the fans wanted to see that - they don't view it as a real fight,” he said.
“I'll always have love for Chael. I'll definitely help him train if he needs or wants my help. Advice? I trained a whole training camp for Jones. I probably have a lot of game plan in there. But, Chael and I are just different fighters, as well.”