MMA Hendo interview on UFC deal, Filho, etc.

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  1. Atmosphere

    Atmosphere PURPLE DREAM

    Sep 17, 2002
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    lollyfornia Exclusive: Interview With Dan Henderson

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]After his return to the UFC was spoiled by Quintin Jackson in a five round war for the Light Heavy weight title, Dan Henderson returns to his more natural weight of 185lbs and a world title shot against UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva.

    Henderson took the time to sit down with's own Chris Howie to discuss his upcoming fight along with a host of other topics including his transition back to the UFC and his interesting thoughts on WEC Middleweight champ Paulo Filho


    Chris Howie of This is Chris Howie with and today I am speaking with one of the top Middleweight fighters in the world and #1 contender to Anderson Silva's UFC Middleweight crown, Dan Henderson. Dan how are you today?

    Dan Henderson: I'm doing good. Just finished up some training. How has it been going?

    Dan Henderson: It's been going really good. I'm right on track to kick some ass. Looking forward to getting in there with Anderson and fighting for a title?

    Dan Henderson: Yeah I am. Is this fight similiar to the fight with Quintin Jackson in that it will be unifying the Pride and UFC titles?

    Dan Henderson: Well, yeah but it's really a mute point because there is no more Pride. It's more too be undisputed champion at this point. What kind of things have you been working on in training?

    Dan Henderson: I've mostly been working on fighting a south paw. I'm also working on the normal things I work on. I'm working on getting used to the cage and getting used to the rules like throwing more elbows. Would you say when you fought "Rampage" that coming back too the cage and the different rules were an issue for you?

    Dan Henderson: Well I didn't really throw elbows when I was in the position to do it. With the cage I wasn't 100% used to it. I was getting there before the fight but I could have used a little bit more time in the cage. There were just a couple instances where I definitely noticed a difference. After fighting your last few fights at Light Heavyweight you are now dropping back down to Middleweight. Is that a weight you feel more comfortable at?

    Dan Henderson: It doesn't really matter to me which weight I fight at. So you have no problem making either weight?

    Dan Henderson: No not really. I typically weigh around 200-202lbs so making 185lbs is pretty easy. When fighting at 205lbs does fighting larger opponents bother you?

    Dan Henderson: No. I'm sure I'll notice a difference though with Anderson being smaller than Quintin. How do you feel your clinch matches up with Silva's?

    Dan Henderson: Well they are two different kinds of clinch. There is the one I use that I can control and the one he uses that he can control. It all depends on who is better at controlling theirs. Part of the game will also be striking in the clinch and using it for takedowns. Do you have a preference as to where this fight ends up?

    Dan Henderson: Awww no not really. I feel that I'm capable of standing and banging with him and I feel that I am fully capable of taking him down. He is dangerous on the ground as well though as he showed against Travis Lutter. I feel that this is a good fight for me style wise. I feel real good about this fight. Is this a fight that could have materialized back in Pride?

    Dan Henderson: I believe it was discussed at one point but he wasn't able to get a Visa for the fight. Before he left Pride he lost a couple times so that was the only time it was talked about. What changes have you noticed since he has made the transition into the UFC?

    Dan Henderson: He looks a little bit better on the ground than he was in the past. He was submitted a number of times in Pride. That is the main difference I've noticed. He always showed that he had striking skills. Some claim that the UFC Middleweight division is the weakest they have with the exception of a few fighters. How do you see the division?

    Dan Henderson: I wouldn't really say it is their weakest division. I think it has just been that no one has been able to match up good style wise with Anderson. Maybe I destroy Anderson Silva but have a tough fight against Rich Franklin. It's just styles make the fights and style wise Silva has been walking through people. I think that now that I'm in the division it adds quite a bit to it. Was the move to Middleweight influenced by the UFC or was it your own decision?

    Dan Henderson: It was the UFC making the offer to fight at Middleweight. I wanted too stay at 205lbs for a while but the more I thought about it the more I was excited about fighting at 185lbs. If you happened to lose this fight would you go back to 205lbs?

    Dan Henderson: No I'm staying at Middleweight. Who has helped you prepare for the fight?

    Dan Henderson: All the Team Quest guys. I also brought in some French strikers to help me out. I wanted to get experience with longer and left handed guys. Do you have any Team Quest updates?

    Dan Henderson: well, the end of the year didn't quite end how we had hoped with Soa and Sokoudjou losing but they'll be back. We'll be making a big bang in 2008. How do you see the fight ending. With a finish or a decision?

    Dan Henderson: It has the chance to go both ways. We both have the skill to KO the other and the skill to submit the other but I expect it to go the full 25 minutes. Obviously I'd love to get the first round knock out. Are you still fighting off your Pride contract or do you have a new UFC contract.

    Dan Henderson: No, I now have a five fight deal with the UFC. Do you feel as though this could be the toughest test to date for your legendary chin?

    Dan Henderson: Umm it could be. I don't think he hits as hard as I thought but he is really precise and really quick. It could be a test. Are there any Middleweights you would like fight after the fight with Anderson?

    Dan Henderson: I haven't really thought about that yet. I'm focused on this one. I don't want to put the cart in front of the horse. Did Sokoudjou signing with UFC have any bearing on moving to middleweight?

    Dan Henderson: No. I had planned on staying at 205lbs but when this fight came along I decided to go down. If you had to pick the top 5 Middleweights in the world who would they be?

    Dan Henderson: Anderson Silva, Myself, and Matt Lindland. Beyond that it's a toss up. What are your thoughts on Paulo Filho?

    Dan Henderson: I don't think he has been very impressive in his last two performances since coming to the US but I think that's what not being able to use Steroids will do to you. Are you saying Filho may be a juicer?

    Dan Henderson: Well that's my opinion anyway. He hasn't looked good since he left Pride. Was steroid abuse a problem in Pride?

    Dan Henderson: People didn't get tested. So I suppose if you can get away with it why not.

    Dan Henderson: Exactly. What were your thoughts on the finish of the Chael Sonnen/Filho fight?

    Dan Henderson: Well Chael didn't tap. The ref stopped it on his own because he thought Chael was in troble. Chael shouldn't have found himself in that position but the ref also shouldn't have stopped the fight. Do you have any sponsors you'd like to mention?

    Dan Henderson: Yeah sure, Clinch Gear. You can check them out on the web at And is there anything you'd like to say to your fans reading?

    Dan Henderson: I appreciate the support. Alright Dan, I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with me today and I look forward to two of the best Middleweights in the world locking up in what should be a very exciting tilt.

    Dan Henderson: Thank You.[/FONT]
  2. JordanClarkson

    JordanClarkson OT Supporter

    Oct 11, 2002
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    Go Dodger Blue!
    I believe him. since it wasn't illegal in japan, it was likely out in the open too.
  3. HandgunFantasy

    HandgunFantasy My purity you stole.

    Jun 20, 2003
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    that is really interesting about filho
    he certainly does not look great as of late.
  4. Mark Kerr: "Do you have any barbiturates?"
  5. he was also facing the two strongest wrestlers he's ever fought, when he has a very takedown/topcontrol oriented one-trick game.

    you'd think Hendo would remember that styles make fights, considering he said it like 5 minutes before that.
  6. The Ripper

    The Ripper New Member

    Dec 25, 2006
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    dan is the shit I should grab a pear of clinch gear shorts to rep his ass
  7. ilduce

    ilduce New Member

    Nov 22, 2006
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    Im torn on this fight but I think I want Silva to take this. He is probably my favorite fighter but perhaps I will rep some clinch gear and some silva gear.:squint:
  8. Savage5point0

    Savage5point0 Im an asshole.

    Nov 3, 2001
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    The Bay, California
    Ill be pulling for Danny on this one.
  9. SCirone

    SCirone Moderator

    Aug 18, 2004
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    Gay of him to make the steroid comment about Paulo, especially when Paulo was on of the people speaking out about roids in Pride. Hendo is going to pull a Rich and think he will be safe in the clinch and get his nose broken
  10. Hendo's always bitched about roids.
  11. checkii

    checkii ฝรั่งตาน้ำข้าว

    Jun 29, 2003
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    rain street
    "it's really a mute point" :mamoru:

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