Dan Henderson is planning a move back to Middleweight, after fighting at Light-Heavyweight for the past four years.
'Hendo' left the UFC in 2009 as a 185lber when he defeated Michael Bisping by a vicious second round 'H-Bomb', one of his most memorable moments in his MMA career. He then signed for Strikeforce and fought Jake Shields for the Middleweight title, however lost via unanimous decision.
After the loss, Henderson decided that at his age of nearly 40, he was cutting too much weight and moved to Light-Heavyweight. From here, Henderson captured the Strikeforce 205lbs title from Rafael Cavalcante and also defeated the great Fedor Emelianenko at Heavyweigh by KOt, arguably his greatest victory on the former multi-weight PRIDE champions impressive 30-12 record.
Since the UFC purchased Strikeforce, Henderson has found himself frustrated inside the Octagon. He's 2-4 in his second UFC stint, with his two wins both coming against Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua. Albeit, the former Olympic Wrestler has fought to two split decision losses against Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans respectively, nonetheless he was dominated by both Vitor Belfort and most recently Daniel Cormier.
When Henderson returns in late 2014, he will be 44, the oldest fighter on the UFC books. Considering he moved from Middleweight to Light-Heavyweight in 2010 because he didnt want cut weight, this is extremely surprising. When you get older, weight cuts become much more difficult and Henderson is no spring chicken.
In terms of opposition, there are several fights that could be made for Henderson's 185lbs return. Tim Kennedy was impressive against Michael Bisping last time and he could be a good match-up to welcome 'Hendo back into the division. CB Dolloway also put in a superb shift against Francis Carmont and he could be a good fight for Henderson.
Whether he meets either of them or not, the former UFC Middleweight Title contender is clearly looking for another crack at the UFC gold. He's 44 and is not just looking for fun fights like some fighters do when they get older. Henderson will be putting his body through a lot to cut the weight, so he will want some reward from it.
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