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Dan Henderson: Lyoto Machida “Was Good At Not Fighting”

Dan Henderson has watched his match with Lyoto Machida again and has the same thought, which was that he deserved to be the winner. Machida took a split-decision against Henderson at UFC 157 last month, in what many described as a boring co-main event.

“He’s quick and hard to hit, but I feel like it’s hard to win a fight when you’re running the whole time,” said Henderson on MMA Interviews. “That’s what he did. I was expecting him to engage a little bit. He was good at not fighting.”

With the win, Machida becomes the new No. 1 contender to the light heavyweight title. Henderson returns at UFC 161 as he meets former champion Rashad Evans. That is on June 15 and is the first time the UFC visits Winnipeg as they come from the MTS Centre.

This is Henderson’s third run with the promotion and first loss since he returned in 2011. He came in off a knee injury that caused him to miss out on a title shot in September.

Machida improves to 19-3 with all his losses coming from the current or previous keepers of the belt.