Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Dan Henderson, who surrendered the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship in order to make his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon, will get down and dirty against fellow PRIDE acquisition Mauricio Rua in the UFC 139 headliner in less than two months.
"Henderson vs. Shogun" is booked for Nov. 19, 2011, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Henderson's stock is as high as it has ever been, following violent finishes over his last three opponents, including a high-profile stoppage over famed Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko back in July. But the former Olympian tells Clinch Gear he doesn't need to rely solely on his power when he can also "wear Shogun out."
"He's just well rounded. He throws some nice knees, some nice kicks. He's got some power in his punches. With that being said, I think I'm better in every aspect. I think I should definitely do well in that fight. It's a five rounder. I think I can wear 'Shogun' out, so I think that will be an advantage for me. I hoped that the [UFC] would have wanted to unify the [Strikeforce and UFC light heavyweight] belts right off the bat with me. But, who knows? I'm not the guy writing the checks or in charge. I'm just out there to fight, do well and make sure that every fight I have is a big one."
And a "big one" on Nov. 19 could lead to an even bigger one in 2012. Hear more from Henderson on his UFC return as well as his upcoming fight against Rua, after the jump.
You've heard from "Hendo," now let's hear from you. Does "Dangerous Dan" get past "Shogun" and put himself in line for the winner of Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans? Or does he need to go through Lyoto Machida first?