In the co-main event of UFC on FOX 14 two former Strikeforce champions will meet for the very first time as Dan Henderson (30-12) takes on Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2). Tis is a match up that fans all over the world will not want to miss.

For Mousasi (35-5-2), who is also a former Cage Warriors and Dream champion, he is in a rather dire situation has he will be looking to get back into the win column after suffering a third-round submission loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the main event of UFC on FOX 50 in September.  Prior to this loss, fans witnessed the 29-year-old Dutch kickboxer walk away with his 12th career submission victory after he secured a tight rear-naked-choke against Mark Muñoz at UFC Fight Night 41 in May.

A win over Henderson would not only catapult the Dutchman back into title contention but also remind fight fans around the world why he was widely considered the best fighter outside of the UFC for the better part of 10 years

Lead with the jab to set up the cominations

Mousasi’s jab has proven to be one of the best tools in his arsenal, so expect him to rely on against the plodding Henderson, who tends to lead with his head as he throw wild haymakers in hopes of landing the flash knockout. If he land a couple Georges St. Pierre-esque shots early in the first round, this should force Henderson to not only second guess his stand up attack but also keep his takedowns at bay.

However the Dutch fighter’s biggest weapon has to be the combination of pure power and pinpoint accuracy. In fact, over the course of Mousasi’s last 15 fights, he has an astounding striking accuracy rating of 50.7– compared to the UFC middleweight average of 43.8. Combine this with 17 of his 18 career knockouts coming in the opening round and it’s safe to say if Henderson comes rushing in with his head exposed, it’s light out for ‘Hendo.’

Negate the H-Bomb with grappling

Even thought Mousasi is primarily a striker, he does hold a black belt in Judo and is more than capable of securing takedowns in his fights as he’s show in his bouts against against  Ovince St. Preux, where he landed four, and against Keith Jardine, where he landed three. If Mousasi can close the distance, press Henderson into the cage and drop him on his but, he will negate Henderson’s much vaunted H-bomb.

Also keep in mind Mousasi has earned 11 career submission victories and has come out on top against world-class grapplers Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.  So if Henderson gets sloppy with his scrambles, don’t be surprised if Mousasi wraps his arms around his throat, forcing the former Olympian to tap. However if Henderson defends the initial submission Mousasi needs to take a play out of Jake Shields book at drop barrage of strikes from the top, picking apart his opponents defense until they leave an opening for the submission.

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