UFC Quick Quote: Disrespectful Anderson Silva is ducking Dan Henderson

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"You'd have to ask Anderson Silva [why a rematch wasn't booked for the inagural UFC on FOX event] . I don't think it was close at all because I don't think he wants to fight me. It was something that was talked about and I said, "Sure, no problem, I'll do that." I'd cut down to 185 to fight him, but nobody else. He's [probably the guy I want to rematch most], especially because of the way he fights most of the time. He just seems disrespectful to his opponents and the fans at the same time."

-- Dan Henderson talks about the rumored rematch with Anderson Silva that never was on UFC on FOX in a recent interview with Clinch Gear Radio. The former Pride FC and reigning Strikeforce champion speculates that the Brazilian wanted no part in such a public spectacle, even though he was willing to shed about 20 pounds to make it happen. In addition to Henderson, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta was also all for the fight. Henderson and Silva first met at UFC 82 in March 2008, with "The Spider" roaring back after losing the first round to hurt and then submit the Olympic-level Greco Roman wrestler with just seconds left in round two. It's been more than three years since that showdown, but it still apparently leaves a sour taste in Henderson's mouth, especially since he's had to sit and watch Silva rack up eight more wins and lay claim to the best fighter, perhaps ever, in mixed martial arts (MMA). The fight now likely won't happen, not soon at least, with Silva claiming that he is injured and will not return to action until 2012. In the meantime, the promotion booked a titanic tilt between UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos to headline the landmark UFC on FOX 1 fight card, which is scheduled for the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov. 12, 2011. Is Henderson the one man who can teach Silva a lesson or will he be taught his own in the months ahead when he defends his 205-pound Strikeforce title or attempts to unify it with the UFC light heavyweight champion?

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