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Dan Henderson vs Alexander Gustafsson - does it make sense for the division?

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As of yet there has been no official opponent for 205 champion Jon Jones, which makes sense as he wants a break. Most people want to see him fight Rashad Evans (providing he beats Phil Davis). After this then what for Jones if he wins (as expected)? Hendo's chance of winning revolves around landing a big right hand, the same way in which Rampage would win. Obviously Hendo is more dangerous than Rampage but there ways of winning are the same. Jones has pretty much cleaned out the division.


Why not put Alexander Gustafsson in with Dan Henderson in headlining the Sweden card? While I'd favour Hendo Gustafsson stands a stylistics shot of winning, especially at home. This would set up a fight with Jones later in the year. While this is rushing the Swede, what other options are there? Jones has basically cleaned out the rest of the divison. Plus if you want to give Jones Hendo when he beats Evans whats Dan gonna do for a year? The UFC don't do tuneup's, for me him taking on Gustafsson makes sense for the division.


What do you think?

Post #1   1/3/12 10:19:38AM   

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I'm very open to ideas now that I've, quite frankly lost interest in what used to be my favourite division

This seems to make a lot of sense other than Gustaffasons limited exposure or market

I actually agree with your reasoning and props to you for the thought, I'm just pretty open to ideas on this division right now, I'd gain 3 tonnes more excitement if the word jones and retired was mentioned

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WOW! Interesting fight! I would certainly tune in to watch BUT I imagine people would argue Gustafff isn't ready for Hendo or isn't on Hendos level. But I agree that it would be a PERFECT Sweden main event. Hometown Hero vs. The H-Bomb Machine! Its just too bad Dana has other plans for Hendo I believe

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It's a very interesting fight but I'd rather see Gustafsson vs. Machida in Sweden tbh.

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you know of all the fights possible in the top 10 of the LHW division you picked one i hadn't thought of, but would love to see. I can see this as a matchup of Legend v Young Lion, but also it would either cement Hendo as a Title challenger (depending on time, and Jones v Evans HAS To happen so they can stop the talking), or create a new force in Gustaf.

If Gustafsson wins he could be considered "in line" as a challenger, and yet he's not so established that making him fight again would be a decision met with fan ire.
What do you think? Where would a win place either man in standings?

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If Hendo beat Gustafsson he would be number 1 in line. Unless there is controversy or if the Evans fight is awesome or controversial Hendo would no doubt be number 1 contender. Even if Rampage trashes Bader, he would still not be on a roll like Henderson.Same with the Swede for me, while his run would be impressive it would only two noteworthy wins. However who else would that compete against? Machida is 2-3 (could easily be 1-4) in his last fights and while he did well against Jones he would not be above Gustafsson should be he beat Hendo. No one is on a good enough to streak to top the Swede should he fight and defeat Hendo in (which is obviously a big ask, even if the fight is made).

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I dont think so. I think Henderson is a step above Alex right now. I think alex needs to fight the winner of maybe Bader/Rampage. His highest "profile" fight was against Davis in which he lost so his highest profile win was Vlad, he's just not at Hendo's level in the title contender picture right now. And it really doesnt help Hendo either.

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Doesnt make sense for Hendo, No.

Post #8   1/3/12 9:14:19PM   

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i would be seriously surprised if hendo even took the fight.

as of right i now i would have to disagree, but if gustafsson keeps wining maybe in the future. personally id rather see hendo move back to MW.

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Hendo should be either fighting for titles or facing other potential Hall of Famers. Gustafsson is not ready for a Hendo and it wouldn't be smart to derail a guy you may be building up by letting him get crushed by Hendo. Gustafsson admits he's many fights away from a title shot, and imo his striking defense is below average Lose/lose for Hendo, Win/Lose for Gustafsson. And to have Gustafsson most likely get crushed in his home country wouldn't be the smartest move. Let's be honest, Bisping was facing McCarthys and Sinosics when fighting at home at this point in his UFC career. Gotta build the fanbase there by getting W's for the hometown fighter.

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Post #10   1/4/12 8:52:15AM   

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gustaffson should fight lil nog next

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Post #11   1/4/12 5:10:32PM