Daniel Cormier: Lyoto Machida 'Didn't Come to Fight' Against Dan Henderson

John HeinisSenior Analyst IFebruary 24, 2013

Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Dan Henderson (blue gloves) fights Lyoto Machida (red gloves) during their UFC welterweight bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC light heavyweight contenders Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida put on a pretty lackluster co-main event at UFC 157, as neither fighter was able to consistently land the big power shots they're known for. 

Many fans and fighters alike were disappointed with the fight, but one of the biggest critics of the match up was Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier. 

Shortly after the bout was over, "DC" took to Twitter to call out Machida for his performance:

Cormier, who makes his Octagon debut against Frank Mir at UFC on FOX 7 in April, said he expected to drop down to light heavyweight and fight champ Jon Jones this fall after defeating Mir. 

Interestingly, he named "Hendo" as one of the main reasons he did not want to start his UFC career off at 205-pounds. 

"I'd need some time to make weight and I don't want to fight [next] at 205 because I don't want to fight Dan Henderson. I've kind of got a man crush on Dan Henderson," he said in the same interview with FightLine.com. 

Heading into the bout with Machida, Henderson had won seven of his past eight fights, including a "Fight of the Year" performance against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 139 in November 2011. 

The former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion was scheduled to fight Jones for the light heavyweight strap at UFC 151 in September, but had to withdraw from the title fight just eight days prior due to a knee injury

Henderson, who was also ranked No. 10 on the UFC's official pound-for-pound list heading into Saturday night, now heads to the back of the line while Machida gets his rematch with Jones

In his UFC 140 encounter with Jones in December 2011, Machida won the first round before getting choked unconscious with a standing guillotine choke in the second round.