We’re down to the wire now, and as Saturday night/Sunday morning approaches, I can’t help but feel jubilant about this fight, probably more than any other. For a number of reasons, this bout means more to me than any other. It will be my first title defense, but more importantly, it will be my chance at revenge.
Seven years of pent-up rage are about to be unleashed on Old Man Dan. He’s not going to know what hit him.
I know Dan is still a very dangerous opponent, and I fully take that into consideration. He’s got tremendous power and a keen eye for timing. That said, I know I’ll beat him to the punch every time. I know I’ll stop him in his tracks. I know this like I know the sun comes out in the morning and the moon at night. I don’t think I’ve ever known anything more clearly and decisively as this.
You know, Old Man Dan doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he does, he’s a cheeky bastard, and a few weeks back, he inferred that I have taken steroids. Me!!! Are you f*cking kidding me??
A journalist was interviewing me and said something like, ‘You know, Dan says it’s really funny that you talk shit about TRT when you’re the one with the big body changes since your first fight with him. He says you’re the one that’s got the suspicious physique.’
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! This is a guy that was on TRT for years. Years. He’s good friends with Chael Sonnen, who was on a whole Team Quest cocktail of the “special vitamins.” I guarantee you Dan was on something else.
I’ve been tested more times than anybody. The reason my body type has changed is because the first time I fought Dan Henderson, I didn’t cut weight. I would walk onto the scale at 185, skinny as a rail, overtrained and too light for the division. Now, I cut weight, so I am a little bigger. I’m older, too, and have grown into my “fighting man’s body.”
Final thoughts on Dan…I’ve said it before, I don’t have much against him, to be honest. The thing is, I don’t want to lose to him, more than anyone else on earth, I can’t lose to him again. First, I don’t want to lose my title, but there’s much more to it than that.
If I win, then I’ve eradicated that horrible moment in my history from UFC 100. If I lose, it will mean that he really was the worst thing to ever happen to my career.
Dan Henderson will be knocked out in round three. You can bet the house on that.