"Dan is the man's man. Like any guy on the planet, they love Dan because he's got a lot of heart and he always comes to fight. I always get emotional because he's really that guy. That's why I want to see him win and I think he has that chance because he knows when he lands that 'H-bomb,' it's goodnight. I'm gonna get a lot of heat now. Machida doesn't have a lot of weapons. Whatever he does, he does really well. He's got great distance, great accuracy, but his attack is always the same. It's a cross, or a kick and a cross. When you push him, he always moves to the same side. So, if Dan would look at that and just bullrush him, he could throw a big hand there and that could stop him." - Bas Rutten via MMAInterviews
The two former champions were previously scheduled to fight at UFC 156, but the bout was delayed due to a knee injury Henderson suffered back in August before UFC 151.
His lone defeat during the stretch was to former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields, who ground out a unanimous decision victory over the former Olympic alternate at Strikeforce: Nashville.
His opponent, Machida (18-3), is 2-3 in his last five fights. In 2010, the former UFC light-heavyweight champion lost his belt to Rua via knockout, and dropped a split decision victory to Quinton Jackson.
He rebounded in 2011 however, with a big knockout over Randy Couture at UFC 129 which earned him a title shot against Jon Jones, who consequently submitted the Karate master with a guillotine choke in the second round.
In his last bout, Machida delivered another highlight-reel knockout win over TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 4.
UFC 157 is scheduled for Feb. 23 inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
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