Simple toughness serves Henderson well
"I feel like I'm the same Dan Henderson [despite my age]," he said. "Obviously, those first two [UFC] fights were two [scheduled] five-round fights. I think I almost prepared for those. I was real ready, conditioning-wise. For whatever reason, I got a little tired this fight in that third round.
"I don't know if it was from getting nailed in the ribs or just getting tired. Either way, I'm the same fighter. I had a good day today."
Henderson is a perfectionist who wasn't ebullient despite beating one of the UFC's top fighters. Franklin left the middleweight division while still widely regarded as the second-best fighter in the class. He also became an instant contender at 205 pounds, almost certainly the UFC's best class.
Henderson wasn't pleased that he tired in the third and allowed Franklin to take that round. Most 38-year-old fighters -- heck, most fighters, period -- would have been happy to walk away with a win over Franklin.
Henderson's victory puts him in an elite group, joining Silva (twice) and undefeated Lyoto Machida as the only men to defeat Franklin.
"I could have done more in that third round," Henderson said solemnly while sipping from a bottle of water. "That's what I'm disappointed about."
UFC 93 Results
Main Card Bouts:
-Dan Henderson def. Rich Franklin by Split Dec. at 5:00, R3
-Mauricio "Shogun" Rua def. Mark Coleman by TKO (Ref Stoppage) at 4.36, R3
-Rousimar Palhares def. Jeremy Horn by Unanimous Dec. at 5:00, R3
-Alan Belcher def. Denis Kang by Submission (Guillotine) 4:36 R2
-Marcus Davis def. Chris Lytle Split Dec. 5:00, R3
-John Hathaway def. Tom Egan by TKO (Strikes) 4:36 R1
-Martin Kampmann def. Alexandre Barros TKO (Strikes) 3:09 R2
-Eric Schafer def Antonio Mendes by TKO (Strikes) 3:35 R1
-Thomasz Drwal def. Ivan Serati by KO 2:02 R1
-Denis Siver def. Nate Mohr by Referee TKO (Strikes) 3:47 R3
'Rampage' Jackson Vs Keith Jardine @ UFC 96
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson will face off with Keith Jardine at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio, according to an announcement during the live telecast of UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland.
Jardine, 33, is coming off a win over Brandon Vera at UFC 89 and carries a UFC record of 6-3. According to sources close to the Greg Jackson fighter, Jardine had been expected to face Brazilian Luis Cane on the Mar. 7 card, but the bout was apparently scratched in the days leading up to UFC 93.
Thiago Alves Vs Mike Swick @ UFC 95/96
"Swick’s got Thiago Alves now coming up in February, so he’s got to get by him. If he does not get by him maybe that’s something the UFC will do is be like ‘Okay let’s have Marcus fight Swick.’ And then, you know, at some point I’d like to go fight with Thiago again."
Meet Jon Jones - 'Bones'
Meet Jon Jones a.k.a. ‘Bones’
At the young age of 21, Jon Jones has made the most of his opportunities so far in the mixed martial arts world. Compiling a 7 – 0 record, he will be making his second appearance in the UFC on January 31st, 2009 against Stephan Bonnar. Jon took some time recently to talk with PDG about his rise to the UFC, his background and what drives him to be the best.
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The Touching Story Behind Mark Coleman’s Walk Out Tee for UFC 93
MMA Authentics® (MMAA) announced today the launch of an official digital desert camouflage walk in tee, Hammer Tee, to be worn by UFC® Hall of Famer, Mark “The Hammer” Coleman at UFC® 93 in Dublin, Ireland on January 17, 2009. The Hammer’s official walk in tee shirt is a tribute tee shirt to his collegiate wrestling teammate and roommate, Marine Major Ray Mendoza, who was killed in action in Iraq on November 14, 2005.
Bisping wants a fight with Lidell or Wanderlei in the future
Speaking at the UFC 93 weight-ins this afternoon, he said that it would be an honour to fight Liddell and it would “definitely be an exciting fight”.“I’d love to fight him, absolutely. I’m not saying I’d kill him but it would be an honour to fight him,” the TUF 3 winner remarked.
He also said that if Wanderlei Silva proceeds with a suggested move to the middleweight division, he would be happy to face him too.Promising to “knock him out like Rampage did” he said: “I’d love to do the same [as Rampage]. He would be an exciting addition to the middleweight division and he is a legend.
Mike Budnik vs. John Franchi set for WEC 39
Coming off the first loss of his professional career, Mike Budnik (7-1) will meet undefeated WEC newcomer John Franchi (4-0) at WEC 39.
Sources close to the fighters today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout has been finalized.
Eric Schafer: “I belong in the UFC”
“Ravishing” Red Schafer could have gone with a really gnarly nickname like “Bonecrusher” or “The Strangler but the 31 year old Milwaukee fighter told FiveOuncesOfPain.com in an exclusive interview that “no one is ever going to be afraid of you because of your nickname so you might as well have some fun with it”. The self chosen nickname lets you know that Schafer has never been one to take the small stuff too seriously but don’t let the easy going demeanor fool you. Schafer is one of the most dangerous submission fighters competing in the UFC’s talent rich light heavyweight division, if not the most dangerous.
Heath Herring not fighting at UFC 97
Published reports have circulated on the Internet within the last 24 hours claiming that heavyweight Heath Herring is set to return to action at UFC 97 on April 18 in Montreal, Canada.
In response to the news, FiveOuncesOfPain.com contacted Herring’s management via e-mail and received a response that contradicts the new series of reports.
Ed Ratcliff Out, Ben Henderson In At WEC 38
A change has been made to the upcoming WEC 38 card slated for Jan. 25, as MMAWeekly.com has confirmed that Ed Ratcliff has been forced out of his upcoming match-up against Anthony Njokuani due to an undisclosed injury. His replacement will be up and coming fighter, Benson Henderson, who steps in on just over a week's notice to make his debut for the promotion.
Nevada Expresses Concern Over 'TUF' Behaviour
At a meeting in December for which an official summary was released yesterday, Nevada State Athletic Commission officials expressed concerns to UFC officials about some of the behavior that was exhibited during the controversial eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
For each season of The Ultimate Fighter, dating back to the first season's filming in late 2004, Zuffa has requested and been granted a waiver of the NSAC's regulations relating to the results of NSAC-sanctioned fights being posted publicly. This allows the results of the fights on The Ultimate Fighter to remain secret until the fights air on Spike TV months later. These waivers must be requested and granted for each individual season of TUF.
Prior to granting the usual waivers to Zuffa for the upcoming ninth season, which recently started filming and is tentatively scheduled to begin airing on April 1, the NSAC wanted to talk to Zuffa about some of the behavior in the eighth season.
UFC 93 Preview
Many of you probably haven't even recovered from the end of the year onslaught of action from the world of MMA, but it's time to kick off 2009 this weekend with UFC 93, the first major card of the year. And here to help me break down the action, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, is my good buddy Bryan Henderson aka ModMind, who writes The Gauge, one of the best MMA blogs on SN.com.