Dan Henderson's Blogs

  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Tuesday



    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes II - Jose Aldo welcomes Team Alpha Male rival Chad Mendes back to the country, his mind is intent on victory as Mendes' is on redemption. Glover Teixeira will look to rebound from his recent title shot with a bout against Phil Davis.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 4: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Make A Big Strike - Tensions escalate after a third straight loss.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC Rio: Aldo vs. Mendes - The UFC returns to Brazil as Jose Aldo defends his Featherweight title against undefeated Chad Mendes. Plus a battle of strikers as Vitor Belfort battles Anthony Johnson.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 139: Rua vs. Henderson - Former champions Dan Henderson and Mauricio Shogun Rua headlined UFC 139 in a five-round war that proved to be one of the greatest fights of all time. Go inside their training and then watch the 2011 instant classic between two MMA legends.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    Renan Barao vs. Anthony Leone - Classic fights that prove that bigger isn't always badder.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Johny Hendricks' top five knockouts.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 4: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Make A Big Strike - Tensions escalate after a third straight loss.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Future Legends 25 - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from Eastside Cannery Casino Las Vegas, Nev.

    9:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Bisping vs. Rockhold; Aldo vs. Mendes - Michael Bisping, MMA Dad; tempers flair as bitter rivals Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold join Jon Anik in studio; Chad Mendes on his hunt for UFC featherweight gold; Featherweight champ Jose Aldo's electrifying moments counted down by Joe Rogan.

    9:30 p.m. Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes II - Jose Aldo welcomes Team Alpha Male rival Chad Mendes back to the country, his mind is intent on victory as Mendes' is on redemption. Glover Teixeira will look to rebound from his recent title shot with a bout against Phil Davis.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Future Legends 25 - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from Eastside Cannery Casino Las Vegas, Nev.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Steadfast - KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from Coeur D'alene Casino, Worley, ID.

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  • Recalling Dan Henderson’s MMA Debut By: Marcelo Alonso

    Dan Henderson on the night of his MMA debut in 1997. | Photo: M. Alonso



    Today, Jorge Guimaraes is known as the owner of Black House gym and manager of fighters like Anderson Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, together with Ed Soares. But old-school MMA fans in Brazil recognize him as the guy who started bringing vale tudo to Brazilian television.

    Nineteen years ago, Guimaraes created a program called “Passando a Guarda” (“Passing the Guard”) and introduced the idea to the director of SporTV, Guilherme Zattar. “Passando a Guarda,” along with the magazines Tatame and Gracie Mag, became the biggest channels of communication with the growing number of vale tudo and jiu-jitsu fans at the time. In 2002, thanks to the success of “Passando a Guarda,” the channel Combate was created.

    Last month, the show “Sensei SporTV” launched a new segment recalling the best moments of “Passando a Guarda,” titled “Repassing the Guard.” In the second edition, the program showed backstage scenes from Brazil Open ’97, where Dan Henderson made his vale tudo debut by beating two opponents in the same night. Guimaraes recalled riding in the same van as Henderson while going to the event, when “Hendo” told him, “I want to prove the efficiency of Greco-Roman [wrestling], and I want to make money with that.”

    Henderson went on to defeat one of Carlson Gracie’s toughest black belts, Crezio de Souza, with ground-and-pound after 5:25, and then faced Eric Smith, who was coming off a decision win after 20 minutes against Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons. In the wrestlers’ confrontation between RAW Team and Hammer House, Henderson picked up a quick win via guillotine choke and began one of the most prodigious careers in MMA history.

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  • Sunday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Sunday



    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    International Fight Week - T.J. Dillashaw unlocks on the Warrior Code that made him a UFC Champion.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 159: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen.

    6:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fighter's Cut Gilbert Melendez
    Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez stage epic slugfest.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From Winnipeg.

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  • This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Dan Henderson Turns 44 By: Brian Knapp

    A two-time Olympian and former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder, Dan Henderson will celebrate his 44th birthday on Aug. 24.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Thursday



    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 10: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: One Fight Away Middleweight semifinal matchup.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 139: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson Inside the training for this classic match.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Ronda Rousey discusses being a pioneer in her sport.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 141 Relive UFC 141, Brock Lesnar versus Alistair Overeem.

    10:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news

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  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Submissions
    The best submissions by UFC superstars.

    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 144: Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson meet in UFC 144.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Presents
    The All American Chris Weidman Chris Weidman's rise from obscurity.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Werdum vs. Browne
    Yoel Romero vs. Brad Tavares; Edson Barboza vs. Donald Cerrone; Liz Carmouche vs. Miesha Tate; Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne. From Amway Center in Orlando. (Card subject to change)

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 9: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Get That Money Field trip to Harley-Davidson Boot Camp; final preliminary bout; semifinal matchups announced.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Bad Blood Bitter rivalries and grudge matches.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 7: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Kinetic Chess Tensions boil over at the house in the wake of Roger Zapata's controversial win over; in the sixth preliminary fight, Patrick Walsh against Anton Berzin.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 8: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Someone's Getting Bullied Fighters seek a spot in the semis.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 9: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Get That Money Field trip to Harley-Davidson Boot Camp; final preliminary bout; semifinal matchups announced.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 139: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson Inside the training for this classic match.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC Rio: Jose Aldo defends his Featherweight title against undefeated Chad Mendes.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Quarantine From the Kewadin Casino Resort in Sault Ste Marie, Mich. Main Event - Jay Ellis vs. Mitch Fryia. From May 10, 2014.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 141 Relive UFC 141, Brock Lesnar versus Alistair Overeem.

    9:00 p.m. ET MAvTV: Greatest KnockOuts
    The best collection of knockouts ever caught on camera from the biggest stars in MMA today.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Quarantine From the Kewadin Casino Resort in Sault Ste Marie, Mich. Main Event - Jay Ellis vs. Mitch Fryia. From May 10, 2014.

    10:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Behind-the-scenes of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov - Prelims
    Tae Hyun Bang vs. Kajan Johnson; Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin; Elizabeth Phillips vs. Valerie Letourneau; Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Daniel Sarafian. From Vancouver, B.C.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Clockwork From the Lake of the Torches Casino Resort in Lac Du Flambeau, Wis. In the Main Event, Wisconsin's very own Frank Schuman will be tested and battle Travis Nath out of Clinton, Iowa. Plus more. From April 26, 2014.

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Trilogy: Liddell vs. Couture Three classic fights between Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Prelims: Teixeira vs. Bader Ivan Jorge vs. Keith Wisniewski; Elias Silverio vs. Joao Zeferino; Junior Hernandez vs. Lucas Martins; Kevin Souza vs. Felipe Arantes. From Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships
    Wanderlei Silva vs. Dan Henderson, Mark Kerr vs. Igor Borisov, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Heath Herring, and Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 149: Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao Interim bantamweight championship.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 5: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Too Salty Team Penn gets a lecture on over training.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Boxing
    Antonio Orozco vs. Martin Honorio Orozco takes on Honorio in the main event. From Carson, Calif.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 338 Bas Rutten and Ron Kruck discuss Bellator 120.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture; Mike Swick vs. Steve Vigneault.

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus
    Royce Gracie UFC Hall of Fame's Royce Gracie discusses his childhood, past career highlights and contributions to mixed martial arts.

    10:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Titan FC 28: Brilz vs. Davis
    Jason Brilz vs. Raphael Davis main event. Also, Dave Herman vs. Kalib Starnes co-main event. From Kansas City, Mo.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    T.J. Dillashaw, Chris Holdsworth and Matt Grice.

    11:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus
    Frank Dux discusses his record in an underground fighting league and his work overseas.

    11:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Unrivaled: Michael Chandler
    Examining Chandler's rise to become champion; his recent controversial setback and journey back to the belt.

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  • Top 5 Forum Threads of the Week By: Jeff Sherwood

    Will Dan Henderson lock up another title shot at UFC 175? | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    Dan Henderson wants one last shot at an Ultimate Fighting Championship belt, and it appears as though he will need to get through Daniel Cormier to receive it.

    Henderson is slated to meet Cormier in a light heavyweight title eliminator at UFC 175 on July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The winner will reportedly earn a crack at the 205-pound championship Jon Jones will defend against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 on April 26.

    A former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder and two-time Olympian, Henderson last appeared at UFC Fight Night 39 on March 23, when he stopped Mauricio Rua with a sweeping right hook to the face and follow-up ground strikes at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Brazil. The victory halted a three-fight losing streak for the beloved 43-year-old and made him the first man ever to defeat “Shogun” twice. Henderson has fought for UFC gold on two previous occasions, losing to Quinton Jackson in September 2007 and Anderson Silva in March 2008. He turns 44 in August.

    Cormier, meanwhile, made his light heavyweight debut at UFC 170 in February, when he needed a little more than a minute to take care of Patrick Cummins -- a short-notice replacement for the injured Rashad Evans. The 35-year-old American Kickboxing Academy representative had gone 13-0 as a heavyweight but elected to drop to 205 pounds because of his ties to training partner and current UFC champion Cain Velasquez.

    Items of interest on the Sherdog.net forums this week:

    PROCESS OF ELIMINATION


    STAMP OF APPROVAL


    LUCKY OR GOOD?


    FULL DISCLOSURE


    PPV PECKING ORDER


    Reader comments are active below.

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga
    Jessica Andrade vs. Liz Carmouche; Bobby Voelker vs. Robbie Lawler; Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald; John Moraga vs. Demetrious Johnson. From Seattle.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson 2 – Prelims From Natal, Brazil.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 11: Undefeated Fighters battle for a spot in the final.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus
    Tito Ortiz discusses being kicked off the reality show and his relationship with Jenna Jameson.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 334 Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten interview Eddie Bravo; Ron Kruck talks to Rousimar Palhares.

    9:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA Live
    Bellator MMA Live 1005

    10:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Lion Fight 14
    Cristiane Justino fights Jorina Baars for the women's welterweight title; Gregory Choplin meets Marco Pique; live from Las Vegas.

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  • Wednesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Future Legends 21: Part 2 From Eastside Cannery Row and Casino in Las Vegas.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson 2 – Prelims From Natal, Brazil.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Dan Henderson 2 From Natal, Brazil.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 10: With Friends Like These Teammates battle in a bout of courage and betrayal.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 160: Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva II From Las Vegas.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Main Event
    UFC 168: Heated rivals Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate rematch in one of the most exciting fights in the women's bantamweight division.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 10: With Friends Like These Teammates battle in a bout of courage and betrayal.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 10: With Friends Like These Teammates battle in a bout of courage and betrayal.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia
    Season 1 Episode 11: Undefeated Fighters battle for a spot in the final.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    UFC Stars MMA stars showcase their skills.

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