So, UFC on FOX 14 is off and running in a big way, as not long after the promotion announced the card will feature Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson, it’s relayed Dan Henderson will scrap Gegard Mousasi at the event.
The upcoming card will go down in Stockholm, Sweden on January 24th, and it will be hosted by the city’s Tele2 Arena. That facility reportedly can hold 30,000 fans, so it should make for one loud and crazy night.
The Henderson-Mousasi news will likely prompt many fans to immediately question ‘but at what weight?’ And the answer to that is 185. Yes, after going 1-4 in his last five bouts, Henderson has decided to return to middleweight.
While Henderson’s (30-12) recent losses have come against top tier opposition in Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida and most recently Daniel Cormier, at the end of the day, fighting is about winning. The only man “Hendo” has beaten in his last five fights is “Shogun” Rua, who he came from behind to stop in March.
The 44 year-old legend will be fighting at 185 for the first time since April, 2010, when he lost via unanimous decision to Jake Shields. Henderson’s bout with Belfort last November, when he was KO’d, took place at light-heavyweight.
It will be interesting to see how Henderson performs at 185, and further, if he can get by Mousasi. If he can defeat the promotion’s #8 ranked middleweight, than Henderson will leap right back into the contender’s mix. Currently the decorated wrestler is ranked #8 at 205.
Mousasi (35-5-2) was forced to tap to a third round, guillotine choke from “Jacare” Souza in his last fight, which took place in September. The former Strikeforce champ was coming off an impressive, first round submission win over Mark Munoz heading into the bout, which went down in May.
The 29 year-old Mousasi has gone 3-2 in his last five fights, and is other loss during that run came via decision to Lyoto Machida. “The Dreamcatcher” made his UFC debut in April, 2013, and scored a UD win over Ilir Latifi.
So, think about the schedule for January, 2015 now: Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson-Anthony Johnson, Dan Henderson-Gegard Mousasi and Anderson Silva-Nick Diaz, among others…(Conor McGregor-Dennis Siver).
That’s quite the way to kick off the year.