The last time Dan Henderson fought, he spent one round kicking ass and the next four trapped in the missionary position under Jake Shields. Babalu Sobral is no Jake Shields (at least not anymore) but even then, Dan Henderson wants you to know he was having some serious weight and pain issues coming into that last fight:
Just about everyone watching Henderson step onto the scales on the Friday before the fight noticed he just didn’t seem himself as he cut down to the 185-pound limit. Now Henderson has confirmed that he did indeed struggle with the weight cut, but it had more to do with prescribed medication than not shedding the last few pounds the right way.
“It was just some medication I had took for my back that kind of helped keep the weight on me, and it just has to do with the pain I guess,” Henderson explained when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio. “I was just real flat that fight, and the weight cut really zapped me.”
Now off the medication, Henderson will return to 205 pounds where he’s also had a successful career, but the decision was based on Strikeforce asking him to take a fight against Sobral and not any kind of declaration that he won’t be going back to middleweight.
CagePotato makes a pretty big deal of the fact that Hendo was on painkillers, but that ignores the fact that there’s a right way and a wrong way to use them. The wrong way is to start taking them and never stop. The right way is to get off that shit as soon as possible so you don’t end up an opioid zombie. Of course, this is only possible if your spine isn’t firing lightning bolts of pain through your body every time you move. Or maybe that’s just your nerves crying out for that sweet pain candy? It can get kinda hard to sort out.