Nothing that happens on Saturday night or beyond will change the fact that Dan Henderson is a future Hall of Famer in the UFC. Almost as certain is Henderson losing to Daniel Cormier in the co-feature at UFC 173 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
There's three primary reasons Hendo will lose, and not one of them has to do with the fact that he won't be allowed to use TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy).
The Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the process, and for the first time in a while, Hendo will compete without it.
The 43-year-old MMA legend doesn't think it will matter, and it's hard to disagree with him.
Per Matt Erickson of MMA Junkie, Henderson said:
I’m feeling pretty good. I maybe lay on the couch a little more than I used to. But I laid on the couch quite a bit before, too. It’s all about just making sure you train hard and train smart. I did that before I was on TRT, I did that during, and now, as well. I’ve won fights and lost fights with it and without it. I really don’t notice too big of a difference, competition-wise. But hopefully I make a statement that it doesn’t matter in this fight.
The reasons Cormier will beat Hendo on Saturday have nothing to do with the legend's testosterone levels.
Even when Henderson was young, his hand speed paled in comparison to Cormier's. The work DC does with his hands makes you think he could have had a solid career as a boxer.
He's quick, accurate and damaging with his fists. Just ask Patrick Cummins and Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva.
Cormier stopped both of those guys with punches. His defeat of Silva came when he was still fighting at heavyweight.
Henderson still has power, but Cormier will have fired a combination before Henderson can launch his H-Bombs.
Chael Sonnen had this to say about Cormier, per UFC Canada:
Hold up, Chael. There's still a guy named Jon "Bones" Jones walking around, but Cormier's 14-0 record is legit.
Both men were Olympic wrestlers, but Cormier is simply better at his craft. Hendo hardly ever goes back to his Greco-Roman roots. As a matter of fact, we've seen him dominated on the ground by the likes of Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Jake Shields.
Cormier is arguably as good—if not better—than those three when it comes to grappling.
He could make this a boring bout and take Hendo down in every round.
This is perhaps the biggest factor. As great as Henderson is for a 43-year-old, he's still 43.
Cormier isn't a youngster at 35, but he's a young 35 as it relates to MMA action. He's had just 14 fights compared to Henderson's 41.
In that number for Henderson are countless wars that take a toll on even a warrior of his guild.
Cormier will prove to be superior to Henderson in a pretty lopsided victory. This one might just convince Henderson to hang up his six-ounce gloves.
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