Dan Henderson won't wrestle Daniel Cormier at UFC 173, instead plans to 'test his chin'


If you thought you were going to tune in to an Olympic-level wrestling clinic during "Hendo" and "DC's" co-main event fight at UFC 173, you are sadly mistaken.

In what will mark one of his quickest turnarounds between fights, Dan Henderson will meet Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of UFC 173 on May 24, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Just two months after Henderson knocked out Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil.

For the 43-year old, accepting the fight was a no-brainer, due to the fact that he was already in fight shape, eliminating the challenges of having to start from scratch. It was accepting a fight against "DC" that was a tougher obstacle, seeing as how "Hendo" didn't really want to "beat up" his fellow Olympic wrestler.

He explained during a recent interview on "The MMA Hour:"

"Obviously I was hoping to not fight him, as well, I respect him. He's a wrestler and he represents the sport really well and I'm a fan of his. It's never somebody that you want to beat up in that way, but, we both have the same goals and sometimes we have to compete against each other."

Despite the amount of respect Henderson has for Cormier, he say he has no plans to engage in a wrestling match in "Sin City," preferring to test his chin.

Something Henderson says that none of his opponents have yet to do.

"I don't know if I want to or not (take him down). I think I'll be able to do a lot of things he isn't used to, as far as wrestling goes. We come from two different wrestling styles. I don't think I want to try and take him down, I kind of want to test his chin."

Not that Henderson is questioning Cormier's chin, he just feels he's yet to taste a good punch to the face, not even at heavyweight, where "DC" was facing bigger men.

It's that size (dis) advantage that actually helped Daniel avoid getting tagged, according to "Hendo," who says "DC's" speed allowed him to move past the punches from his various foes.

While he'll still have the speed advantage against Henderson, Cormier will now have to be on the lookout for one of the most powerful right hands in the history of the sport. And as he's shown time after time, Henderson can lay out the best of them with his infamous "H-Bomb."

But can he connect on Cormier's elusive chin?

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