Some would say that this is the true main event and if Barao – Dillashaw was not for the title, it would be. Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson has been the main focal point of this card when it comes to promotion. Honestly, you would think that this is the true main event of UFC 173. Two super nice guys going into the cage to do battle.
Enough of the talk and hype, lets breakdown this match up.
Daniel Cormier (14-0) has six knockouts, three submissions and five decision victories in his MMA career. In his last five fights he has beaten the top names that MMA has to offer. He beat Josh Barnett via unanimous decision at Strikeforce – Barnett vs. Cormier on May / 19 / 2012 and Dion Staring via TKO at Strikeforce – Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on Jan / 12 / 2013. He made his UFC return against Frank Mir and won the fight via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr / 20 / 2013. He then beat Roy Nelson via unanimous decision at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013 and in his last fight he knocked out Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 – Rousey vs. McMann on Feb / 22 / 2014.
Dan Henderson (30-11) has 14 knockouts, 2 submissions and 14 decision victories while he has been knocked out once, submitted three times and lost by decision seven times. Prior to joining the UFC he was on a three fight winning streak with wins over Renato Sobral, Rafael Cavalcante and Fedor Emelianenko, all in Strikeforce. He made his UFC debut against Mauricio Rua which he won via unanimous decision at UFC 139 – Shogun vs. Henderson on Nov / 19 / 2011. He lost his next three straight fights, losing to Lyoto Machida via split decision at UFC 157 – Rousey vs. Carmouche on Feb / 23 / 2013, Rashad Evans via split decision at UFC 161 – Evans vs. Henderson on Jun / 15 / 2013 and then against Vitor Belfort via KO at UFC Fight Night – Belfort vs. Henderson on Nov / 09 / 2013. In their rematch he once again beat Mauricio Rua via TKO at UFC Fight Night – Shogun vs. Henderson 2 on Mar / 23 / 2014 in his last fight.
Knockouts: Two guys who have wrestling backgrounds have some heavy hands. This may come as a surprise, but Cormier has more knockout wins with 57% over Henderson with 47%. Cormier has six knockouts and Henderson has 14 knockout victories. However, with Cormier has less fights that Henderson, the percentages weigh out in his favor.
Submissions: When it comes to submissions, these guys are not a big fan of trying to submit you. Both guys have a 7% submission victory rate. Cormier has three and Henderson has two submission victories in their MMA career.
Decisions: Henderson has 47% decision victories compared to Cormier, who has 36%.
Striking: Cormier lands more punches and has a better accuracy than Hendo. He has 4.13 punches that land per minute and has 49% accuracy compared to Hendo who has 2.45 punches landed per minute and has 48% accuracy. Cormier also ducks, dodges and block strikes better with a 70% defense compared to Hendo who has 50%.
Grappling: Cormier has 2 take down average compared to Hendo who likes to keep it standing with only 1. However, when Hendo wants to take you down, he has a 55% takedown accuracy compared to Cormier who has 44%. Cormier has a 100% takedown defense while Hendo has 60%.
Final Verdict: While Hendo has all the experience in the world, if you look at the stats and just the stats, you would have to give it up to Cormier. Anything can happen in a fight, so it’s up to you who you are taking Saturday night.
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