Ricardo Feliciano thinks a matchup with Dan Henderson is bad news for “Jacare.” | Leonardo Fabri/Sherdog.com
After a hand injury to Chris Weidman delayed his middleweight title defense against Vitor Belfort to early 2015, Ronaldo Souza, potentially the No. 1 contender-in-waiting, had a decision to make: either sit and wait or take another fight and risk his title shot.
Last Monday, “Jacare's” head coach, Josuel Distak, said that he would welcome a light heavyweight bout against Dan Henderson in the meantime so that his athlete wouldn't have to go through an unnecessary weight cut.
Henderson’s jiu-jitsu coach, Ricardo "Pantcho" Feliciano, recently told Sherdog.com that he embraces the challenge, but he doesn't think it would be a good idea for the Brazilian.
"With all due respect to Jacare, Distak is putting him in a bad spot. I think Distak just motivated ‘Hendo,’ who will now give everything he has in training," said Pantcho. “Dan Henderson hasn’t fought since [May], and he is willing to come back in January. That's [been] his plan since last fight. For now, he's been coming to the gym three or four times a week to keep in shape. Fighting ‘Jacare’ would be a huge motivation since he is about to get a title shot."
Feliciano’s only concern is about the weight class demanded by Distak. While Henderson hasn’t made 185 pounds since his Strikeforce debut in 2010, “Jacare” has never fought at 205.
"I can't see a reason for it to be a light heavyweight bout. If he wants to fight Hendo, let it be at 185. If you ask for a fight, you have to assume some sort of responsibility, or be careful what you ask for," Feliciano said.