This Saturday, June 6, 2015, the UFC heads to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, for UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson.

Having lost his last two bouts in disappointing fashion, it appears as if father time has finally caught up with MMA pioneer and legend Dan Henderson. Henderson hasn’t just been finished in back-to-back fights for the first time in his career; he was utterly dominated by his opponents.

Henderson’s career is coming to an end and this fight is his chance to go out on his terms and on a high note. Tim Boetsch is no pushover – and he is actually favored heading into this bout – but Henderson has faced the best of the best over the course of his career and Boetsch just doesn’t stack up.

All in all, UFC Fight Night 68 isn’t a great card. There are some fights with potential and a handful of solid up-and-comers competing on the card, but nothing with any real sizzle. As far as the gamblers out there are concerned, the top three fights on the card is where all action should be focused.

Dustin Poirier, -185 vs. Yancy Medeiros, +160

This lightweight bout between Poirier and Medeiros should be an exciting bout as both men bring well-rounded skill sets and finisher mentalities to the Octagon. Medeiros has looked good in his last two bouts; picking up submission wins and “Performance of the Night” bonuses in both outings. But even though Poirier has moved up to lightweight from featherweight, his experience against better competition will play a major role in this bout.

Play: Take Poirier to win

Ben Rothwell, +165 vs. Matt Mitrione, -190

Rothwell is one of the most experienced heavyweights in the UFC with over 40 professional bouts under his belt. He’s a tough test for anyone in the division, but he lacks the tools to be truly elite; that’s what makes him the division’s ultimate gatekeeper.

Mitrione has always been one of the most athletic heavyweights in the UFC. Now it looks like he is turning the corner as a fighter as his skills have finally started to catch up with his physical gifts. This will be a great test for Mitrione, but he should have the tools to get the job done.

Play: Take Mitrione to win

Dan Henderson, +165 vs. Tim Boetsch, -190

Consider this Henderson’s swan song. In addition to being finished in back-to-back fights, Henderson is just 1-5 in his last six. Granted all of his loses were to ranked opponents, but the fact remains, Henderson has failed to win consistently. Boetsch hasn’t fared much better, going 2-4 in his last sit bouts and that’s why Henderson is the smart play here.

Henderson is old and he has clearly lost a step, but he still managed to take Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida to split decisions back in 2013. Henderson only loses to elite fighters and Boetsch is not one of them.

Play: Take Henderson to win

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.