Dan Henderson, fresh off one of the most titanic battles in UFC history against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, has taken a Chael Sonnen-esque approach to UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
Henderson’s victorious return to the Octagon at UFC 139 could not hide the fact that he’s spoiling for a war and a rematch with middleweight supremo Silva.
According to MMAmania.com, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion took a searing swipe at Silva—insinuating that the champ may be faking his injury to avoid a rematch with himself and Sonnen.
Hendo also alluded to the fact that The Spider’s injuries would miraculously heal if TUF 14 Finale coach and winner Michael “The Count” Bisping was given a title shot against him by the UFC brass.
"Looked like one guy hadn't fought in a long time & the other guy cut too much weight. Kinda like the JV team. Not hating. Just not a great night for either guy--weren't there physically so they looked more like TUF cast than coaches. All the 'injuries' that keep Anderson from a rematch w/ me or Chael will heal real fast if they offer Bisping to him."
The last time these two met was at UFC 82 where Hendo suffered a submission loss via rear naked choke.
Since that loss nearly four-years ago, Hendo has amassed a 7-1 record whilst capturing the Strikeforce light heavyweight title in the process.
A title no less, that he was willing to relinquish for one last shot at UFC glory—either at the 205-pound weight or middleweight.
So now that he’s back in the UFC fold and with a successful return to boot, his comments suggest that he wants to redeem that loss, and is willing to take whatever measures to goad Silva into a rematch.
Nonetheless, Silva, who at present is convalescing back in his native Brazil following an injured shoulder which he sustained prior to his match with Yushin Okami at UFC 134, will be out of action until sometime in mid-2012.