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The heavy-handed Henderson is a tall task for any fighter in any weight class in any dimension in any galaxy.
His strong Greco-Roman wrestling base allows him to dictate where his bouts take place, and standing, his patented "H-bomb" is as devastating a weapon as any inside the Octagon.
Unfortunately for Hendo, an H-bomb alone is not enough to defeat Machida in a potential matchup.
Let me rephrase that, if I may: An H-bomb is enough to win the fight, but he will not be able to land it against Machida.
Machida is one of the most elusive fighters in UFC history, and he spectacularly avoids damage in his bouts.
"The Dragon" is super fast and super powerful, and a matchup with Dan Henderson for the title almost certainly results in the Brazilian Machida having the belt strapped around his waist by night's end.
I see him picking Hendo apart, keeping his distance and avoiding the H-bomb en route to a unanimous decision victory.
While I do think Machida's knockout power is impressive as well, knocking out Hendo is like knocking out a Redwood tree: It just ain't happening.
Should he face Henderson in his title matchup, expect Machida to fight a smart, calculated fight and reclaim the UFC strap.