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His coach may not like it one bit but Dan Henderson assures everyone he's perfectly fine with fighting Lyoto Machida in the co-main event of UFC 157 on Feb. 23 in Anaheim with Ronda Rousey headlining.
It was just days ago that Gus Pugliese, a striking coach at Team Quest who has helped sharpen Dan Henderson's skills, expressed his great displeasure at the fact that Ronda Rousey would be headlining UFC 157 on Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, in her bantamweight title defense against Liz Carmouche in Anaheim, California.
It's not that he has a problem with the ladies, or Rousey in particular. He just has a problem that Rousey vs. Carmouche is the main event while Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida is relegated to co-headlining status.
Pugliese's argument was simple: Rousey hasn't paid her dues yet, she hasn't technically won the title she's carrying, and, most importantly, her fights typically last about as long as a piss break. Henderson, meanwhile, has a track record of legendary battles and we could be missing out on 10 full minutes of action simply because the UFC wants to promote Rousey ahead of the light heavyweight number one contender bout.
All fair points.
"Hendo" may or may not agree, at least to a certain extent, but in a recent tweet, he made it clear none of this is bothering him.
"I am perfectly fine as the co-main. I will get to relax and enjoy the women go at it. ... I'm just happy to be getting in the Octagon again."
Well that's a perfectly democratic take on the situation, even if he's being less than honest, which he very well could be. Really, the marketing and promotion is secondary because the UFC can push both fights equally. The real difference is in the two extra rounds given to the main event.
UFC President Dana White settled the entire debate already anyway: If there's a title fight on the card, that's the main event, no matter who it is fighting.
Deal with it.