MMA News: Dan Henderson on Rampage, Alistair Overeem and More

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Now that he’s a free agent, Dan Henderson told Gareth Davies of the UK Telegraph that he’d welcome a title unification bout with the winner between Quinton Jackson and Jon Jones.

“I think that could be interesting going forward, a unification fight with the winner of that contest would be a good match. I’m the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion, I’ve beaten Fedor, and I’m unemployed, so we’ll have to see what the talks are now after I’ve had a few weeks off. It’s not a bad position to be in though.”

That would be fantastic, but I don’t see him getting an immediate shot at the winner of Jackson/Jones because the winner of Evans/Ortiz is probably up first. And he’s right, there are worse positions to be in. His stock, even though he’s aging, is probably at it’s all-time high. I see dollar signs in his future.

Fresh off his win over Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy told that he’s looking for a real fight. “I was really disappointed with myself, and honestly, Robbie. I wanted to meet in the middle and go. I felt like I was chasing him for 15 minutes, so yeah, bittersweet. I only shot like eight or nine times that entire fight. I tried to kick him in the face and punch him in the face, too. But being overly concerned [and being] defensive makes you lose a fight regardless. If he thought that the only chance he had was a puncher’s chance, then that’s a dumb fight. That’s a boring fight. I don’t want to fight that fight. This was like the third guy in a row that’s just backed up from me, and it’s getting really old. I just want dudes to fight me.”

Ummm, what? Apparently Kennedy didn’t see the same fight we all saw. He was constantly shooting at Lawler. By my count, it was 15 or 16 takedown attempts. What’s Lawler supposed to do? He has to respect the wrestling. No way Kennedy wanted to stand and brawl with Lawler. That’s suicide. If he did, he would have.

According to multiple reports, after releasing Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, Zuffa has now cut ties with his Golden Glory teammates Marloes Coenen, Jon Olav Einemo, and his brother Valentijn Overeem. Golden Glory head coach Martijn de Jong confirmed their releases on Twitter. Before everyone gets in an uproar about this, Golden Glory is pretty shady. Many times they have the promoter pay them and then they pay their fighters, which is why many of their fighters are underpaid. And I think this is Zuffa not wanting to deal with that, rather than the fighters.

UFC officials announced that Leonard Garcia has been forced out of a fight with Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres at UFC on Versus 5 and that UFC newcomer Jim Hettes would be stepping into his spot on August 14. Definitely not the fight I was hoping to see. Caceres/Garcia would’ve been a stand up fight. Not too sure how Hettes will deal with Caceres. Guess we’ll see.

According to a report from Brett Okamoto at, UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta has confirmed that UFC 140 will become the UFC’s second event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2011. However, this card will take place from the Air Canada Centre, which will be configured for an attendance of around 20,000, not the 55,000 of the Rogers Centre. Yeah, it would be hard to duplicate that stadium attendance. Especially since Georges St-Pierre isn’t going to be on this card.