Looks like Dan Henderson might like to knock Daniel Cormier off his road to success at the upcoming UFC 173 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada during their co-main event fight.
Cormier and Henderson are ranked pretty closely in the light heavyweight division at 5th and 6th, respectively. Cormier remains undefeated so far in his UFC career. Henderson has won 30 out of 41 fights while Cormier is at 14-0. Thus far, Cormier has gone into the cage like a raging bull, and as we saw in his last fight, he wasn’t playing Mr. Nice Guy after all the smack talk from coffee boy Patrick Cummins. Cormier puts in some serious work to defend his winning streak and make a great impression in his debut as a light heavyweight contender. A win over Henderson could bring him that much closer to a fight for the title.
Getting to the light heavyweight division took a lot of work for Cormier. He had to drop in weight in order to qualify and thus not have to fight his good friend and training partner Cain Velasquez. The work hasn’t been easy, and he has come a long way since being unable to make weight during the Olympics. I believe this makes him a great example to anyone who runs the risk of allowing a sense of defeat to dampen any hopes for future success. In other words, just because you don’t achieve one thing, doesn’t mean you’re unable to achieve anything else at all. Cormier is living proof that one can bounce back after a major disappointment and come back stronger, better, and faster.
It would be great to see him win at UFC 173 as a fight for the title would be incredibly exciting, especially since he is one of our Elite Athletes at Nutrie. Regardless of the outcome, we’re going to be very proud of him for pushing forward and challenging himself every step of the way. The fight with Cummins was over too quickly and only allowed us to see Cormier’s abilities for a few seconds, so hopefully a fight against Henderson lets us see the wider spectrum of Daniel’s strength.