Jun 15, 2013; Winnipeg, MB, Canada; Dan Henderson during the post-fight press conference after fighting Rashad Evans (not pictured) during their Light Heavyweight bout at UFC 161 at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Henderson returning to middleweight


After losing four of his last five fights, MMA legend Dan Henderson has decided to move back to middleweight, where he won three consecutive fights in 2008 and 2009 before leaving the UFC.

Henderson’s muay thai coach, Daniel Woirin, told MMA Fighting this week that Henderson would be making the move. Henderson weighed just 199 pounds for his light heavyweight bout with Daniel Cormier last month.

Henderson last fought at middleweight over four years ago in Strikeforce, in his unsuccessful attempt to capture the Strikeforce Middleweight championship against Jake Shields. Since then Henderson has competed and won at both Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight, including winning the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title in 2011.

After a close victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in 2011, Henderson earned a UFC title shot against current champion Jon “Bones” Jones, before being forced from the bout with an injury.

Since then, Henderson has been on a career downslide, as he lost two uneventful decisions to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans that could have went either way, before he was brutally knocked out by Vitor Belfort.

Henderson and Rua had a rematch earlier in the year in which Henderson was being controlled before landing a seemingly miraculous knockout to earn the victory. After being forced off of TRT, Henderson met Daniel Cormier in May, and was ragdolled for three entire rounds.

According to Woirin, Henderson would like to fight in the UFC again by the end of 2014, which would put him at 44 years old by the time he gets into the cage.

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