UFC 157: Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida by the Numbers

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2013

UFC 157: Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida by the Numbers

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    A potential light heavyweight title eliminator takes place at UFC 157 this weekend, when former UFC champion Lyoto Machida meets potential champion Dan Henderson. It is a fight MMA fans are slobbering over in terms of the possibilities.

    Machida and Henderson are both knockout artists and longtime veterans of the sport. They are extremely difficult to finish and have provided fans with some great fights in their careers. 

    Here is a look at the numbers for their impending fight. 

20: Combined Career Knockout Wins

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    Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida put people to sleep—plain and simple. 

    Combined, they have knocked out 20 opponents. Machida has knocked out seven, including Rashad Evans, Randy Couture and Ryan Bader.

    Henderson's resume isn't horrible either, as he has put Fedor Emelianenko, Michael Bisping and Renzo Gracie into hibernation.

    This would definitely suggest that a knockout is a high possibility. Machida's kicks and punches are lethal, as is Hendo's huge right hand.

    Someone ready the pillow; somebody may be taking a nap.

3: Championships Won in Different Major Organizations

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    Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson are no strangers to having gold around their wastes. In fact, both men have owned championships in major organizations in their day.

    Machida is a former UFC champion who knocked out Rashad Evans to snag the title. He would defend it once against Mauricio Rua, before dropping it to him in a rematch.

    Henderson is a multi-divisional Pride champion, beating Murilo Bustamante for the Pride Welterweight Championship and Wanderlei Silva for the middleweight strap.

    He also won the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship by knocking out Rafael Cavalcante. 

    The battle of former champions makes this fight even more intriguing. 

0: Times Dan Henderson Has Been Knocked out

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    Dan Henderson has 37 career fights, some of which were against top strikers like Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. Surprisingly enough, he has never been knocked out.

    The man's chin is made of something nobody on this earth has ever seen before. Aggressive warring nations covet whatever Henderson's chin is made out of, so that they could armor-plate their tanks in that material.

    Seriously though, the man can take a punch...or a kick...or a knee...or an elbow.

    Can Machida be the first man to stop Hendo via knockout? We will see soon.

2: Wins in Lyoto Machida's Last 5 Fights

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    Lyoto Machida is one of the best light heavyweights in the world, but his last five fights would not suggest that.

    In that five-fight span, Machida has just two victories. He lost two straight to Mauricio Rua and Quinton Jackson, beat Randy Couture, was choked out by Jon Jones and knocked out Ryan Bader.

    That is a complete 180 compared to his 16-0 start to his career. We will see if he has good fortune this weekend against an indestructible man in his 40s.

460: Days Since Dan Henderson's Last Fight

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    Dan Henderson's last fight was a barnburner against Mauricio Rua that is considered one of the best scraps of all time.

    That was in November 2011.

    Fast-forward to Febrauary 2013, 450-plus days since that exciting brawl. Henderson has not fought in well over a year and is closing in on AARP age in terms of fighting.

    Will this be a setback for Henderson, or will cage rust not even play a factor?