Why Dan Henderson May Finally Be Done

10385146_10202454354295674_691201793_nTomorrow night at UFC Fight Night 68, in New Orleans we could be watching the last fight Dan Hendo Henderson ever competes in.

At the age of 44 Dan has nothing left to prove, and since unplugging from his TRT treatments he’s not won a single fight.

Dan’s current UFC record is terrible at 7-7 and since coming back to the UFC from Strikeforce in 2011, he’s won against a single fighter, Mauricio Rua.

Most people don’t even realize the now undersized former middleweight Pride Champ is currently 1-5 in his last six fights, and has one win in the past 4 years.

Tim Boetsch is coming off a loss, but has a better win to loss ratio, (9-7) in the UFC and has won more than Dan in the past four years. He also still has the chin that was the legendary asset keeping Dan in the game for so long. Tim also has the bombs to counter, circle, and thrash a much slower, and gassed version of Hendo.

If Hendo get’s finished tomorrow night, he’ll be 1 in 7 and that should be enough to encourage a retirement from the sport. If he wins, he’s winning against a guy who’s been in the sport since 2008 and has never had a title shot, nor has he ever broken the top 5 and is currently ranked at #13 in the UFC. Where does a 44 year old guy with hypogonadism go from there?

Brandon Vera Displays Soccer kicks in ONE FC knockout win! (GIF)

Gif courtesy of ZOMBIE PROPHET

By the way, did anyone notice the “FOX SPORTS” banner on the cage posts sponsoring a ONEFC event? Hmmm makes me wonder. I love that Japanese MMA is still alive and this fight really displays what hardcore MMA is about. Fighting. Martial Arts. Fight to the finish balls to the wall going for the win.

Connor McGregor Trashes Mendes; “I’ll Rest My Balls On Your Head”

Mark Hunt vs. Fabricio Werdum for the Heavy Weight Strap

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Marko Huntooooo!!! The last man from Pride FC that UFC President Dana White ever thought would succeed in the UFC is getting a title shot. With the injury of UFC Heavy Weight Champ Cain Valesquez, Mark Hunt is stepping in to fight for the Interim Heavy Weight title against number one contender Fabricio Werdum.

At the age of 40, with three weeks to cut from 302 pounds to 265 pounds, (37 pound weight cut in 3 weeks) ANNNND coming off his one and only win in his past three, fans have to wonder if the Samoan from “down under” has much left in the tank. One thing is for sure, this will not be an easy fight for Fabricio, as Hunt has become very difficult to take down during his last three years, and his knockout power, hasn’t lost an ounce of momentum. As an admitted PRIDE FC fanboy and Hunt fan, I am biased and rooting for him, but as a realist, Mark hasn’t had a fight against a top 5 opponent, since Junior Dos Santos in 2013 where Hunt was knocked out for the first time since 2008.

For All The Hype Surrounding Connor McGregor, Aldo Cannot Look Past Mendes

mendesmcgregor He’s BIGGER than Brock Lensar or Georges St. Pierre, proclaims the UFC brass. He “backs up what he says” by going in and knocking people out. He’s undefeated in the UFC. He’s white, Irish, speaks EEEEENNNNGGGGGLLLLISH and talks trash! He’s Connor McGregor, the new golden boy of the UFC whom they are hitching their pay-per-view wagons to in hopes of a revival to Chael-esq like financial numbers.

Since the departure of names like Lensar, Liddell, Couture, and most notably and recently, Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen, and GSP, the UFC has had the worst pay-per-view buy-rates in many many years.

Never mind the hype that the UFC surrounded Jon Jones and Rhonda Rousey with, (neither can get it up over 500,000 buys without Anderson Silva or Rashad Evans on the card). So, we are left with the hope that the HYPE surrounding McGregor and his big talk can stir enough of a rivalry with Aldo, that it intrigues the casual fan base to BUY into the hype. There is just one problem. His name is CHAD MONEY MENDES.

Chad has lost to Aldo, fine, but before he got knocked out in Brazil many moons ago, he was holding his own if not winning a decision against Jose. Then you have to look at what led to Aldo’s win. He was grabbing the cage to avoid the take-down. That only works so many times before you have both Dana White and Chad Mendes in the ear of the ref warning him or her before the fight to watch for that and reprimand as necessary.

This will be a different fight for Jose and Chad, and for all the good intentions of allowing McGregor to become Aldo’s “Chael” and get buy-rates by popularizing the nearly undefeated champion, it wont be as easy to walk-through Mendes this time around.

Leading up the first contest in 2012, Chad Mendes was on a roll, of decisions. Leading up to the rematch, is a much more refined Mendes, with great grappling accompanied by a new and improved arsenal of striking. Since the loss to Aldo, Chad has fought FIVE times, and Chad has won FIVE times. Of those five wins, FOUR of his last FIVE wins have come via KO or TKO. That’s right, he’s shedding that “decisionator” reputation that previously beset him.

That said of Mendes, Aldo himself has only fought THREE times since his first fight with Mendes, as Aldo has had a lot of injuries sidelining him and setting him back on a regular basis. Of the three title defenses Aldo has had since 2012, only one has been by KO or TKO, the other two, by decision and he almost dropped the title to Frankie Edgar in the final stanza after gassing.

My point. Mendes is a cardio machine with the wrestling chops of a champion and the KO power of a welterweight. Aldo simply cannot look past him to McGregor, no matter how much the UFC hype train and MMA media push for him to.