Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson confirmed today that the UFC is indeed working on putting together a long rumored match up between he and former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
"I can tell you what I know," Henderson told MMA Uncensored. "I was told that it should be Super Bowl weekend, February 2. But, who knows until it's a done deal. I've been told things before that didn't necessarily come true.
Henderson (29-9) was recently scheduled to face UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 151, however, just eight day before the title fight, he was forced to remove himself from the fight after suffering an MCL injury during training camp.
Since then, Henderson learned that the injury would not require surgery, but he would have to rehab the knee for some time.
Today Henderson revealed that the knee is doing much better, and he's close to 100-percent.
"The knee is getting better." Henderson said. "It feels a lot tighter than it was. That was the biggest thing, the stability. But, I just started training last week, and it's feeling good."
As he's taken some time off to rest and rehab his knee, Henderson seems to have given some thought on how he plans to approach the Machida fight.
"Somebody like him, I think you really need to stay in his face," Henderson said. "He runs around a lot, and he tries to pick at you for a while until he finally comes at you. I think if you stay in his face and make him fight the whole fight... that's pretty much what my game plan would be."
UFC 156 is scheduled for Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be headlined by a blockbuster featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.