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Old 09-09-2007, 12:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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No this will not be another "Hate @ Judges" thread, this will be a nice cool relaxed exchange of input, sorry to disappoint people, but I dont like getting riled up over something I cant do anything to change, but anyways...

In my opinion this fight was not really fair to Dan Henderson, he has been out of the Octagon for 9 years now, he has been use to fighting in the ring, and under different rules, now in my opinion I think Henderson should have had atleast one match up in the Octagon before having to fight for the Unified Belt Title. I just think he wasnt as comfortable as he would have been if he did have 1 or 2 bouts to get use to the Octagon again.

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Old 09-09-2007, 12:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats the responsibility that comes with holding the belts. If Wandy had beat him he would have been in the same position, it comes with the territory of being the champ. If Hendo had come over and they had given him some scrub I would have been pissed.
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There are plenty of places, and I think even his camp did, to train for the cage. He remembered to throw elbows, so no I don't blame him. Plus he knew for a while before the Chuck/Rampage fight to start training for it.
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:01 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Dan did an amazing job and I doubt he had any Octagon rust. He was using the cage really well, and seemed if he was a little stronger than Rampage he would have won the fight since he would have been able to keep position and not lose the kimura, and armbar attempts. So no, I don't think he had any sort of disadvantage from not fighting for the UFC in 9 years. IMO.
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I just think there just might have been a little bit of ring rust, he didnt completely capitalize on all of the opportunities that I think he could have if he would have been in the Octagon for 1 fight before that. But what is done is done, and I think he did an excellent job for not being in the octagon for 9 years, but I think we will see a much better Dan Henderson the next time he fights in the Octagon.
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Honestly, watching the two sports I prefer the UFC. I don't know why to be honest. I just find the action more enertaining. I don't see the big deal about the fight cause I always viewed the UFC had better competitors. Next you will see the UFC take the champs and fight the season champ of international fight league. LOL
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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No Excuses

I recall in the past that when Rampage was to meet Liddel in the rematch, there was a lot of concern that Rampage should have more time to adjust in the Octagon.

No excuses, Jackson trained his arse off and prepared himself, thus the results.

Henderson being a champ is no slouch. He knew what he needed to do to beat Jackson. Remember, there is such a thing as loosing to a better fighter. The matchups were close, Rampage just edged himself to the victory.

If Dan does intend to rebound, true champs will find a way. Note emphasis on if he does, not on wheter he is a true champ, because he has proven himself in my eyes.
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Old 09-09-2007, 01:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't think it affected the out come. Rampage just edged it out.
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Dan performed great and he will get another shot at the title.

If his loss is due to rust he will claim the title after stringing a couple wins in the UFC.

He didn't deserve the win tonite but he came very close
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:48 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I think this "unification of the belts" stuff is good. And Henderson has nothing to be ashamed of in that fight. He'll get used to the cage soon.
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