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Dan Henderson essentially rules out middleweight move

Barring some sort of unforeseen circumstance it appears Dan Henderson’s next fight will involve the UFC light heavyweight title rather than the middleweight division’s belt. The iconic competitor had been given the option of a crack at either based on his recent success, remaining noncommittal on which he preferred.

Though Henderson would like to test his skills against current 185-pound king Anderson Silva a second time it looks like doing so is no longer as important to him as it once seemed to be.

“I’m not real keen on fighting 185, but it’s a possibility still. I’m not ruling it out. I’m not really worried about it. But right now I’d like to fight at 205,” said Henderson in a recent interview with FightHub TV. “I fought him, I lost awhile back. If it happens it happens.”

“I’m not in need of a rematch just to redeem myself,” the 41-year old continued. “I know what I’m capable of doing. It’d be nice to fight him when I’m having a good day rather than a bad day but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”

Henderson faced Silva in 2008 and came out strong only to ultimately be hurt then submitted in the second round of their bout. He followed the defeat up with a 3-1 record at middleweight before returning to 205 pounds where he’s won four straight.

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MMATraining Take: There’s really no reason for Henderson to fight at 185 other than possibly in a one-off with Silva if the Brazilian loses his title to Chael Sonnen this summer. He doesn’t like cutting weight, doing so affects his performance, and he’s looked too good at LHW to mess with his momentum.

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