It wasn't until I actually watched this trailer that I made myself go look at who is in it. Jean-Claude Van Damme, Peter Weller and Cung Le are the stars naturally. And if that looks an awfully lot like Trevor Prangley getting his ass kicked for about 30 seconds, that's because it is. Dan Henderson, Gilbert Melendez and Rich Clementi are also credited.
If nothing else, the action sequences are going to be sick.
Following his war of attrition with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in November, Dan Henderson proclaimed that he wanted a title shot and that he was content to wait for one. Fast forward to today and it has been three months since Henderson last competed, with no sign of him returning as his next fight hasn't been booked.
Rumblings of a potential showdown with Jon Jones swirled last month, and may have prompted Henderson to continue to wait, but they were quickly put to rest after Rashad Evans dominated Phil Davis and forced UFC President Dana White to hand Evans a long-awaited and much-deserved crack at Jones.
Now White doesn't know what to do with "Hendo". Via MMA Junkie:
"He doesn't want to fight Machida," White said of Henderson. "He doesn't want to wait (either). He's going to have to wait. Who does he want to fight? I mean, I don't know what to do with Dan.
"Dan's either going to have to wait for Jones and Evans or wait for Silva – or fight somebody else. It's pretty simple."
Waiting for the winner of Jones and Evans isn't too much of a stretch as they are fighting in April after all, but their next appearance likely won't be until the fall and Henderson would have been out of action for close to a year at that point.
I'm not sure if that is such a good idea at his age. If a fight against Machida doesn't interest him, a bout against Davis most certainly wouldn't. A second meeting with Rampage probably would, but that would again have Henderson waiting until the summer.
Despite rumors earlier this week that Rashad Evans would again be passed over for a shot at UFC light heavyweight champion and former teammate Jon Jones, it appears that "Suga" may get his chance after all.
In an appearance on the "Jim Rome Show" on Tuesday, White stated that if Evans were to defeat fellow top contender Phil Davis at the next "UFC on FOX" event on January 28, and come out of the bout injury-free, he would receive the next crack at Jones later this year.
“We’re working on it now," White said on the show. "We’re going to obviously see what happens in this Rashad fight at the end of the month. The next fight on Fox, Rashad is fighting Davis, so we’ll see what happens there. If Rashad wins, if Rashad comes out injury free, we’ll get the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones/Rashad Evans fight going.”
"Jon Jones called about four days ago and said 'okay let's go, I'm done with vacation. He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He's ready to go. What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then that would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad versus Phil Davis and Rashad fights him first."
UFC President Dana White tells ESPN Radio in Las Vegas via Yahoo! Sports that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has just ended a brief respite following his recent title defense against Lyoto Machida and is looking to fight as soon as possible, leading the UFC to potentially skip over Rashad Evans once again and hand a title shot to former Strikeforce title holder Dan Henderson.
The usual pre-event hype for UFC 139 just wasn't there. The UFC's first foray into the San Jose area following their surprising acquisition of Bay Area mainstay Strikeforce happened to be sandwiched in between the organization's network television debut on FOX, pitting Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos in a UFC heavyweight title bout, and the finale of the fourteenth season of "The Ultimate Fighter" the show's last on Spike.
It wasn't as if the fight card was lacking. Dan Henderson's return to the Octagon against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was a barnburner of a headliner. Wanderlei Silva facing Cung Le and Urijah Faber going up against Brian Bowles aren't bad co-main events either. The advertising just wasn't there.
Still, UFC 139 delivered to say the least...
Ahead of the UFC's debut this weekend in San Jose, here's an extended video preview of UFC 139, which boasts a stacked main card and is headlined by Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson's return to the UFC against former UFC title holder Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
A hard-hitting middleweight clash between Wanderlei Silva and debuting Cung Le and Urijah Faber's return to action against fellow former WEC champ Brian Bowles are also featured.
Jorge Santiago. Photo by Jon Swenson.
The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.
— UFC and Strikeforce veteran has relinquished his Sengoku middleweight championship and been granted his release from the promotion, likely stemming from the postponement of their April show and suspected financial troubles. Santiago is looking to sign with a major North American organization. [MMAFighting.com]
— The UFC 126 Prelims broadcast, which aired this past Saturday on Spike, reportedly scored a series-high 2 million viewers. The hour-long broadcast featured Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa and Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly. Spike unveiled plans to carry 12 "UFC Prelims" events in 2011 last month. [MMAJunkie.com]
Rafael Feijao. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
A long-rumored bout between former UFC and PRIDE star Dan Henderson and current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante has been booked for Strikeforce's upcoming March 5 show at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced the matchup as official on Saturday during the post-fight press conference for the promotion's "Diaz vs. Cyborg" event.
In addition, Coker stated that a venue for the organization's April 9 show, which will showcase two heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal bouts, would likely be announced sometime next week.
Roger Huerta joins the show to discuss his recent signing with Bellator Fighting Championships. Dan Henderson also checks in, about a month before his Strikeforce title fight. They also offer up a complete preview of UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones.
Dan Henderson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Strikeforce has officially announced that they’ve signed former PRIDE middleweight and light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson to 16-month, multi-fight contract.
“I’m very happy to be a part of Strikeforce and their partnership with CBS and Showtime,” said Henderson.