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A prediction for this fight weighs heavily upon Dan Henderson's performance in his title match with Jon Jones.
If Hendo were to square off against Lyoto Machida, the biggest question mark coming into the fight would be Henderson's ability to close the distance; something that has become near impossible for almost anyone in the 205-pound division.
If Henderson can negate the reach advantage of Jones in their contest, you'd have to believe he can do it against Machida. And as anyone who's been in the cage with Hendo can tell you, having him within punching range is not a fun place to be.
Just as fans would believe Henderson could close the distance to land his thunderous punches, just as many fans would believe Machida could create space and control the distance. Outside of Jones, Mauricio Rua and to a certain extent "Rampage" Jackson, nobody at 205 pounds has been able to close the distance with Machida.
Henderson would need to take his time to get within punching range and not get impatient. Ryan Bader heard the crowd's boos and got impatient. His impatience cost him the bout, as he was KO'ed with a single punch.
A potential showdown between Henderson and Machida would play out like a chess match on the feet with a KO becoming the checkmate move for either man.