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UFC 173: Dan Henderson Vs. Daniel Cormier

ufc 173

Dan Henderson vs. Daniel Cormier

A key light heavyweight match occupies the co-main event slot, as Dan Henderson takes on Daniel Cormier in a battle of former U.S. Olympic wrestlers.

Henderson (30-11) snapped a three-fight losing skid by finishing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Brazil this past March. He went 0-3 in 2013, losing split decisions to Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida, while suffering his first career knockout at the hands of Vitor Belfort.

Cormier (14-0) was successful in his 205-pound debut when he finished Patrick Cummins in February. Prior to that, the heavyweight had topped the likes of Roy Nelson, Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, all via decision.

Round 1: Henderson is the heavy crowd favorite, despite not being the betting one. Cormier with a quick takedown, throwing Henderson with ease and moving into side control. Henderson looking for a potential armbar, but “DC” gets free and is using his weight advantage to hold him down. Minimal damage being done by Cormier, who now tries to posture up and hammer down with more power and intensity. Good upkick lands from Henderson, but Cormier right back down into side control. He takes the back and gets in some good punches, flipping Henderson to his back again. Cormier gets loose and they go the feet, as the crowd greets them with thunderous applause. Cormier misses on a huge right hand and defends a takedown by Henderson.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round 2: Henderson loading up that “H-bomb.” He catches Cormier with a glancing blow against the fence but can’t follow up. Sprawl by Henderson off a takedown, but he instead pulls guard and the crowd boos as Henderson breaks a kimura attempt. Big right hands getting through from Cormier, who positions himself and keeps Hendo on the canvas as we head under three minutes to go. Body shot from Cormier, who is smothering Henderson and mounts him. A bunch of lefts from Cormier in side control with 90 seconds left. Now rights getting through from under to Hendo’s face, as he is dominating him through 10 minutes of action.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Cormier

Round 3: Henderson looks and sounds like a man beaten, as he is telling his corner there is something wrong, maybe a possible broken nose. Cormier throws him again and tries to take the back for a possible choke, but winds up back in mount with four minutes to beat on Henderson again. Complete domination by Cormier so far. Henderson has nothing to offer at all and this one is close to being stopped. Both hooks in and a possible rear-naked choke for Cormier and this one is all over.

Daniel Cormier def. Dan Henderson via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:53 of Round 3