UFC’s Dan Henderson Is Happy Nate Diaz Finished McGregor, Feels Refs Are Age Biased + Talks Machida

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MMA H.E.A.T.’s Wade Eck caught up with Dan Henderson, 10 days before his rematch with Lyoto Machida. Dan talks about his 2013 UFC 157 split decision loss to Lyoto and how it’s important he controls Lyoto’s movement in this fight. He also talks about this being his last fight on his UFC contract, his desire to continue fighting, his frustration with refs stopping his fights early rather than giving him the benefit of the doubt (which he feels he’s earned), how his training regimen has changed over the years, why he’s happy Nate Diaz beat Conor McGregor, his new Roots Of Fight t-shirt and TUF 23’s Ashley Yoder.

** BREAKING NEWS 4/13/2016: “The UFC organization was made aware today by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, that Lyoto Machida declared the usage of a banned substance during an out-of-competition sample collection last week. Machida stated that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition and, in accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, his disclosure of usage will be taken into consideration by USADA during any potential results management and adjudication process.
Given this information, UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Henderson will be re-booked for a new bout in the near future.”

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Wade Eck co-founded MMA H.E.AT. in 2007, a headline-making production company dedicated to covering the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. He directed and produced 23 half-hour MMA H.E.AT. television episodes for MAVTV, earning recognition as the cable network’s most-watched show. Wade formulated and continues to supervise the company’s social media strategy, which has successfully grown the MMA H.E.A.T. Facebook following to over 165,000 subscribers. To date, Wade has produced and distributed over 2900 YouTube videos on the KarynBryant and MMAHEAT channels; those videos have exceeded 160 million cumulative views. In addition to MMA H.E.A.T., Wade founded MMA Help, an online destination for individuals looking to acquire knowledge of martial arts techniques, training and pertinent educational information within the MMA industry. MMAHelp.com produces online content consisting of “How To” videos featuring all of the major fighters, celebrities and trainers within the MMA industry. Full length professional training sessions are also filmed, including LIVE streams where questions can be asked in real-time. For anyone who ever wondered “what the pros do” in their workout sessions, MMAhelp.com provides a front row seat!

318 Comments on "UFC’s Dan Henderson Is Happy Nate Diaz Finished McGregor, Feels Refs Are Age Biased + Talks Machida"

  1. What a great guy Dan Henderson, happy that he's retireing..much respect for him, but you see that's the difference between Conor and almost everybody else on UFC..

    Conor is a great guy, young millonaire and Dan is just a great guy with 45 years old at the moment wondering if that would have been his last fight or not with an apparently uncertain future…

    I know i might get some shit for saying this but people need to think more like Conor and less like Dan… Much respect to him and his carreer, a total gentleman in all ways..but man wish he had done better on the UFC..

    • you didn't say anything wrong, its why people hate floyd he does well and ends off well, conor is actually just way more entertaining and he is also smart to know that the fight game doesn't care who you are, the diaz bros are great but look at them already, noses the size of baseballs crooked and plenty of scar tissue with plenty of slurs as for hendo well he lacks techniques, his fights are entertaining to watch because he either gets knocked out or knock out someone. Not exactly a smart way to go while you're already on the verge of retirement. I honestly don't think he'll retire, he's not smart enough for that, the yearn for gratification and will to fight would probably see that is last fight would end badly for him, unless he retires now.

  2. What a great guy Dan Henderson, happy that he's retireing..much respect for him, but you see that's the difference between Conor and almost everybody else on UFC..

    Conor is a great guy, young millonaire and Dan is just a great guy with 45 years old at the moment wondering if that would have been his last fight or not with an apparently uncertain future…

    I know i might get some shit for saying this but people need to think more like Conor and less like Dan… Much respect to him and his carreer, a total gentleman in all ways..but man wish he had done better on the UFC..

    • you didn't say anything wrong, its why people hate floyd he does well and ends off well, conor is actually just way more entertaining and he is also smart to know that the fight game doesn't care who you are, the diaz bros are great but look at them already, noses the size of baseballs crooked and plenty of scar tissue with plenty of slurs as for hendo well he lacks techniques, his fights are entertaining to watch because he either gets knocked out or knock out someone. Not exactly a smart way to go while you're already on the verge of retirement. I honestly don't think he'll retire, he's not smart enough for that, the yearn for gratification and will to fight would probably see that is last fight would end badly for him, unless he retires now.

  3. What a great guy Dan Henderson, happy that he's retireing..much respect for him, but you see that's the difference between Conor and almost everybody else on UFC.. Conor is a great guy, young millonaire and Dan is just a great guy with 45 years old at the moment wondering if that would have been his last fight or not with an apparently uncertain future… I know i might get some shit for saying this but people need to think more like Conor and less like Dan… Much respect to him and his carreer, a total gentleman in all ways..but man wish he had done better on the UFC..

  4. "At 45 I'd be looking at retirement in any job"?? What jobs are these? Thought normal retirement age was 65. And if You're lucky (such as my job at the railroad) it's 62. I want me one of these retired at 45 jobs…

  5. "At 45 I'd be looking at retirement in any job"?? What jobs are these? Thought normal retirement age was 65. And if You're lucky (such as my job at the railroad) it's 62. I want me one of these retired at 45 jobs…

  6. That's why he struggles to pay his bills even to this day. They put nothing into the the build up of the fight hugging each other exchanging phone numbers with your opponent. That's not what the fan want. All those years in the sport and he's still as thick as the first day he stepped in the octagon.

  7. That's why he struggles to pay his bills even to this day. They put nothing into the the build up of the fight hugging each other exchanging phone numbers with your opponent. That's not what the fan want. All those years in the sport and he's still as thick as the first day he stepped in the octagon.

    • +McTee08 You are so much of a Conman dicksucker that you even try to criticize fighters that support Diaz and his easy victory over McGregor. You're head is so far up Conor's ass he can't go anywhere without you. fanboy prick.

    • +RPG 808 who? Dan? Did all the Brazilians not criticize McGregor. I just so enjoy watching his old head getting kicked, classic….Kaaabooom And Dan is another jealous cunt, he hasn't made half of what McGregor made in his whole career, and it pains his hurtbbutt lolol

  8. Brain damage slowly setting in for Dan at 45, I hate to say it but in another 10-20 years he will most likely be a vegetable. His family and the UFC need to tell him to stop. That chin ain't what it used to be… he can't take shot's to the head anymore. It's been a great career, but it's over. Machida being removed from the fight is a sign. Hang up the gloves Dan, for your own good.

  9. Brain damage slowly setting in for Dan at 45, I hate to say it but in another 10-20 years he will most likely be a vegetable. His family and the UFC need to tell him to stop. That chin ain't what it used to be… he can't take shot's to the head anymore. It's been a great career, but it's over. Machida being removed from the fight is a sign. Hang up the gloves Dan, for your own good.

  10. BREAKING NEWS 4/13/2016: "The UFC organization was made aware today by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, that Lyoto Machida declared the usage of a banned substance during an out-of-competition sample collection last week. Machida stated that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition and, in accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, his disclosure of usage will be taken into consideration by USADA during any potential results management and adjudication process.
    Given this information, UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Henderson will be re-booked for a new bout in the near future."

    • +MMA H.E.A.T. First, Wade you have been one of the very few interviewers that have asked some questions that were well thought out. It is rare. These were all questions I, as a fan, were interested in asking. Hendo is the real deal and what he says should be taken seriously. He hold more belts than any other MMA fighter out there and is still pushing for a another. Dan loves the sport and he keeps winning. He comes out of the same mold as his old training partner Randy Couture. Great vid my friend. To bad the fight was cancelled. PED's and injuries go hand in hand and are definitely taking their toll on the UFC.

  11. BREAKING NEWS 4/13/2016: "The UFC organization was made aware today by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, that Lyoto Machida declared the usage of a banned substance during an out-of-competition sample collection last week. Machida stated that he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition and, in accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, his disclosure of usage will be taken into consideration by USADA during any potential results management and adjudication process.
    Given this information, UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Henderson will be re-booked for a new bout in the near future."

    • +MMA H.E.A.T. First, Wade you have been one of the very few interviewers that have asked some questions that were well thought out. It is rare. These were all questions I, as a fan, were interested in asking. Hendo is the real deal and what he says should be taken seriously. He hold more belts than any other MMA fighter out there and is still pushing for a another. Dan loves the sport and he keeps winning. He comes out of the same mold as his old training partner Randy Couture. Great vid my friend. To bad the fight was cancelled. PED's and injuries go hand in hand and are definitely taking their toll on the UFC.

  12. Hendo = class act.. "conor hasnt proven himself yet. I want to see him in a war" from a guy who has fought and seen the best. This is what Nate also said.. he knew he could beat conor bc conor hasnt been tested. UFC wants to keep conor on top as long as they can.

  13. Hendo = class act.. "conor hasnt proven himself yet. I want to see him in a war" from a guy who has fought and seen the best. This is what Nate also said.. he knew he could beat conor bc conor hasnt been tested. UFC wants to keep conor on top as long as they can.

  14. One of the greatest MMA legends of all time, so tough and classy. God I love Dan the man Henderson, so much respect!!!!

    All MMA professionals could model their behavior after this guy, he has fought the full spectrum of fighters.

    • Good one Butt Boy…..has that been your nickname for some time? 

      They have classes for people like you, write to be understood ….Nothing worse than some one who is trying to be cute, or impress but comes across as a complete knob!!!!  

    • You little queer, I have been watching MMA since before the Octagon existed. You need to relax Butt Boy or little Tigers gonna get his weenie pinched off. I can only assume you are the taker. 

      Learn how to write in coherent sentences, I sure as fuck hope you dont speak the way you write. A lot of insane assumptions in your last rant!!!!!!

  15. Not to be disrespectful, but steroid Dan, a lifetime TRT user, should retire and be welcomed into the UFC hall of fame. He's a true legend. But the time for clean fighters has to arrive quickly, as the UFC's reputation is fading.

  16. Not to be disrespectful, but steroid Dan, a lifetime TRT user, should retire and be welcomed into the UFC hall of fame. He's a true legend. But the time for clean fighters has to arrive quickly, as the UFC's reputation is fading.

    • +Jackin Jaws it takes more then one war with a no 5 155 fighter,he needs wins over fighters like cerrone,pettis,and more top 10 155 lb fighters,i won't even include rda because rda will destroy coner right now,to many weapons and experience against top fighters the leg kicks alone are brutal watch nate vs rda coner needs more time to train and experience fighting 155 top 10 fighters NOT little 145 lb fighters at 5 ft 9 it's time for coner to step up with the big boys!!!

    • +jackson2620 Agreed, A real badass to me is someone who can come back from taking a real ass whooping. During the same fight. Or at least be like Silva and destroy or be destroyed by these top 5 guys without losing.

    • +Jackin Jaws i watched dan for years in the ufc,lots of great fights much respect for hendo!! hall of fame for sure… all these people jumping on the coner hype train is funny shit!! he's still very unproven to me and has a lot to learn fighting top guys in the ufc 155 and up,it will be interesting to see were he ends up.

    • +Jackin Jaws it takes more then one war with a no 5 155 fighter,he needs wins over fighters like cerrone,pettis,and more top 10 155 lb fighters,i won't even include rda because rda will destroy coner right now,to many weapons and experience against top fighters the leg kicks alone are brutal watch nate vs rda coner needs more time to train and experience fighting 155 top 10 fighters NOT little 145 lb fighters at 5 ft 9 it's time for coner to step up with the big boys!!!

    • +Jackin Jaws i watched dan for years in the ufc,lots of great fights much respect for hendo!! hall of fame for sure… all these people jumping on the coner hype train is funny shit!! he's still very unproven to me and has a lot to learn fighting top guys in the ufc 155 and up,it will be interesting to see were he ends up.

  17. Two of my favorite fighters. Dan is a fucking warrior and Lyoto has (in my opinion) the best style there is for MMA, which is high mobility and instead of trying to block shots from hitting your face by holding your hands up, you use your mobility to dodge them while keeping your hands out so that you can throw quick punches with more power. Having your hands in front of your face causes you to use straight jabs which are going straight towards the opponents blocking hands. Having them to the outside allows hooks to be thrown and have more chance of landing but you risk getting hit more. Thats why mobility is so important to make sure you are not hit. I hope I explained that correctly to where it makes sense but Lyoto hasn't mastered that style, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson uses the exact same style and is doing great with it. Carlos Condit uses that style and does ok with it and Anderson Silva used that style also. Even McGregor uses the hands out technique which allows his punches to hit harder and land more (though I dont respect McGregor).

    I think that, if mastered, it is the best style there is and Thompson is the best example to prove that.. IMO

    • You were doing great, my friend, until you mentioned McQuitter with those top tier, tested and proven warriors who have built their careers fighting fot the most part at their natural weight. Not bullying smaller fighters by cutting weight to look like a Treblinka inmate, using whatever means he could get away with.

    • That is why I said that I don't respect McGregor.. I only pointed out that he also uses that style often. I absolutely agree that Conor has been padded and has been allowed to dodge fights that were not in his favor. If there were no weight cutting allowed, he would not be where he is today. It is a joke to allow McGregor to fight at featherweight.

  18. Two of my favorite fighters. Dan is a fucking warrior and Lyoto has (in my opinion) the best style there is for MMA, which is high mobility and instead of trying to block shots from hitting your face by holding your hands up, you use your mobility to dodge them while keeping your hands out so that you can throw quick punches with more power. Having your hands in front of your face causes you to use straight jabs which are going straight towards the opponents blocking hands. Having them to the outside allows hooks to be thrown and have more chance of landing but you risk getting hit more. Thats why mobility is so important to make sure you are not hit. I hope I explained that correctly to where it makes sense but Lyoto hasn't mastered that style, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson uses the exact same style and is doing great with it. Carlos Condit uses that style and does ok with it and Anderson Silva used that style also. Even McGregor uses the hands out technique which allows his punches to hit harder and land more (though I dont respect McGregor).

    I think that, if mastered, it is the best style there is and Thompson is the best example to prove that.. IMO

    • You were doing great, my friend, until you mentioned McQuitter with those top tier, tested and proven warriors who have built their careers fighting fot the most part at their natural weight. Not bullying smaller fighters by cutting weight to look like a Treblinka inmate, using whatever means he could get away with.

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