Lyoto Machida slight favorite over Dan Henderson in number one contender bout

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

When Lyoto Machida takes on Dan Henderson in a number one contender bout to the UFC light heavyweight title, he'll do so as a slight favorite.

When Dan Henderson was injured and forced out of UFC 151, which was ultimately cancelled, and Lyoto Machida refused to fight Jon Jones at UFC 152, which resulted in a Jones vs. Vitor Belfort main event, it was only natural that UFC President Dana White, pissed at them both, would put the two together for a number one contender bout.

And that's what he's reportedly done, although a time and date has yet to be announced.

The same can't be said for the odds, which were revealed today by MMAOddsBreakers.com. Machida is favored slightly at -220.

Henderson brings up the rear at +170.

Considering "The Dragon's" notoriously difficult to figure out style, it makes sense the younger and more athletic Brazilian would be favored here, at least at first. "Hendo" might get some late action on the strength of that missile right hand of his that so many pundits pointed to as his one shot at taking the light heavyweight title from Jones.

Can he land it here and end Machida's night and prove the oddsmakers wrong? Of course, but is that going to happen?

We'll have to wait to find out when exactly the bout will take place first.

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