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UFC 146 latest: 'Hendo' interested in Dos Santos title fight, Mir-Velasquez 'will happen'

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A few days after Alistair Overeem failed a drug test and likely cost himself a title shot, UFC officials have announced no replacement for his UFC 146 bout with heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.

However, there have been some interesting developments.

Veteran middleweight and light heavyweight Dan Henderson has expressed his interest in the bout, and UFC president Dana White seemingly has ruled out the possibility of Frank Mir stepping in.

UFC 146, of course, takes place May 26, and the pay-per-view main card airs from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was expected to take on Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) in the championship headliner, but the former Strikeforce and DREAM champ recently failed a surprise drug test (his T/E ratio was 14:1, well over the 6:1 cutoff), and the Nevada State Athletic Commission is now unlikely to license him for the fight.

In recent days, fans have launched campaigns to push for everyone from Mark Hunt (8-7 MMA, 3-1 UFC) to Fedor Emelianenko (33-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) to be the replacement. However, many considered Mir (16-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), who's currently slated to fight ex-champ Cain Velasquez (9-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) on the UFC 146 main card, the leading candidate.

But UFC president Dana White seemed to discount that possibility in a recent tweet when responding to a fan.

"Mir vs. Cain will happen," he tweeted early this morning, suggesting he won't break up that matchup.


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Post #1   4/7/12 11:12:19AM   

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Well, that would be interesting. I don't think setting up the H-bomb would work on a guy like JDS, but I'd be willing to watch and see.

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Post #2   4/7/12 11:30:16AM   

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Hendo would fight a horse and then eat it Overoid-style

Gotta admire his fighting spirit, but hard to picture him dealing with the size difference.

Post #3   4/7/12 11:41:06AM   

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I say give Hendo the fight so I can finally watch him get KTFO.

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I wouldn't be disappointed if they gave him the shot. Mark Hunt, Frank Mir, Fedor or Hendo. I'm fine with any of them.

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This will be a big mistake.

Hendo shouldn't get a title shot at HW or MW, where he hasn't even been fighting over someone like Mir, Hunt or even Cain.

Post #6   4/7/12 12:56:24PM   

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I still see Mir getting it eventually

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Dan Henderson has officially cemented his status as my favorite person on Earth with this move.

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Hendo might do alright. I don't know it would be interesting for sure.
I would like to see how his wrestling held up if he applied it against JDS.

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Hendo or Hunt just do it now please!

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Just call it a super fight and make it a non-title with a catch-weight of something reasonable. You don't have to worry about the title, JDS doesn't waste a training camp and the fans love it.

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I really wanted to see Hunt get the fight, just because is it would be a nice comeback story for Hunt.
However, the level of awesomeness which would be achieved if Hendo entered the octagon and fought Dos Santos would be much higher than Hunt/Dos Santos.

Please, UFC, let Henderson fight Dos Santos.
PLEASE!

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Hendo is a man among men. That man is a stud. If he fought JDS and won, he would hands down be the pound for pound king.

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Posted by mrsmiley

Hendo might do alright. I don't know it would be interesting for sure.
I would like to see how his wrestling held up if he applied it against JDS.



Has Hendo even used his wrestling since 2008? I'd like to see if he even knows how to use it still.

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I like both mir and hendo, but I like hendo/dos santos fight more then I do the mir/dos santos, for the simple fact that hendo can take a punch better then mir can. That will be a big factor with whoever fights dos santos, I also don't like hendo just sitting on the shelf at his age, he needs to fight all he can as fast as he can get the matches.

I don't believe there will be as much a size difference outside of the highth, dos santos usualy weighs in around 235lbs and that is without cutting any lbs and hendo cut down his last fight to make 207lbs and on fight day was reported to be around 225lbs. If hendo is willing to sacrafice his title shot against the baddest guy on the roster let him go up to hw and try to take it.

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