According to Team Quest teammate Tarec Saffiedine, Dan Henderson was not 100-percent physically heading into his recent fight with Lyoto Machida at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche. Machida claimed a split decision victory in a bout that failed to live up to the pre-event hype.
Henderson, who suffered a knee injury last August that forced him out of a scheduled main event fight with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title, has not said anything regarding the injury concern.
“Dan is always 100-percent in his mind,” said Saffiedine, during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “But his body, his body wasn’t 100-percent healthy. But Dan, whatever is going on with his body, is always 100-percent going into a fight mentally.”
Saffiedine, himself, cited injuries as a reason for turning down a short notice fight with Carlos Condit next month. He was the final Strikeforce welterweight champion, winning the belt from Nate Marquardt last month.