MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: DC vs. Hendo Rumored for UFC 175

Daniel Cormier A matchup between two of the top-10 light heavyweights in the world is rumored to take place at UFC 175. According to a report from, Daniel Cormier is likely to face legend Dan Henderson at UFC 175 this July in Las Vegas. Previously, Cormier had been linked to a fight against Rafael Feijao, but the UFC has apparently thought twice about that matchup and is going to do Cormier/Hendo instead. Although the report was said to be false by UFC president Dana White via Twitter, we all know that White likes to keep these kind of things in house until they are 100 percent official, and of course as the old saying goes, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” I really do think this matchup between Cormier and Henderson happens because it’s the fight that makes most sense in the 205lb division right now. There are a lot of people out there talking about how bad Henderson looked in the first two rounds of his fight with Shogun Rua at UFC Fight Night 38 a few weeks ago, and he absolutely didn’t look like the Hendo of old for the first 10 minutes. But what people forget is that the fight was scheduled for 25 minutes, and Henderson got the job done in the 16th minute of the fight. So I feel like fans and media have been way overly critical of Henderson considering that, you know, he won the fight with Shogun. As far as Cormier goes, he’s been unbeaten in his mixed martial arts career and basically untested for the most part as he’s been pretty much flawless in all of his fights, including his three in the UFC against Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, and Pat Cummins. But I truly believe Henderson is a more dangerous fighter than all three of those men, and this fight between DC and Hendo is no walk in the park for DC, despite what some people are saying. That being said, clearly Henderson would enter the fight with Cormier has a big favorite, if it indeed goes down. My guess is that DC opens about -400 for the fight, one which is likely to serve as the co-main event of UFC 175 when that event happens. I think that’s a fair spot for DC, but I wouldn’t surprised at all if the betting public bets him up to some crazy number, either. Hopefully we get confirmation of this bout soon, because I think Hendo is the right test for DC and if Cormier can finish him in impressive fashion, he will have truly earned his title shot against Jon Jones.

Written by Adam Martin.

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