Xa uDan Henderson wayekhwela ekhejini kumlo wakhe wokuqala oxubeneyo wekarati kwiminyaka eli-14 eyadlulayo, wayefuna kuphela ukwenza imali eyongezelelweyo ukuxhasa ibhidi lokungenela iqela lakhe lesithathu le-Olimpiki yaseMelika.



Andicingi nokuba yayibizwa ngokuba ngumdlalo, uHenderson ukhumbula ngeentsuku zokuqala zokulwa. Yayingumbono ongakumbi, yaye kwakufuneka ndicacisele abantu oko ndikwenzayo.

Iinkcazo azisafuneki njengoHenderson, ngoku enye yeengonyama ze-MMA ezine-grizzled eneminyaka eyi-41, iphakamisa ikhadi le-UFC 139 lokuhlawula-ngomgqibelo kwi-HP Pavilion.





U-Henderson, olwa no-Mauricio Shogun Rua kwi-five-round-round light-heavyweight bout, ube yinxalenye ye-MMA yokunyuka kokubonakala kunye nokuhlonipha. Kwaye umatshini wokutshiza imali oyi-UFC - inkampani yesohlwayo ye-Ultimate Fighting Championship - ikwi-roll.

Ikhadi laseSan Jose liza emva koMgqibelo wokugqibela wenethiwekhi ye-UFC kwiFox. Lo mnyhadala ube ludano lwezemidlalo njengoko uJunior dos Santos waseBrazil wakhupha intshatsheli ekhuselayo kudidi olunzima uCain Velasquez waseMorgan Hill kwimizuzwana nje engama-64.



Kodwa umlo utsale ababukeli abazizigidi ezi-5.7, kwaye abantu abaninzi kwi-18-to-34 yabantu abangamadoda bayibukele kunawo nawuphi na umdlalo webhola ekhatywayo wekholeji yangoMgqibelo kule sizini ngaphandle kwe-Alabama-LSU showdown.

I-MMA, njengoko uHenderson ebonisa, ihambe indlela ende kule minyaka ilishumi idlulileyo.



Xa ndiqalayo bathi kukulwa kwabantu, utshilo uHenderson ohlala eTemecula. Iileyibhile zakuqala zababhidanisa abantu - akukho nto ibambekayo, ukulwa nekheji. Kodwa ngoku uluntu ngokubanzi luyaqonda ukuba yintoni i-MMA kwaye awukwazi nje ukunyuka kwi-bar bar kwaye ungene apho.

Omnye umzobo ophambili ngoMgqibelo yintandokazi yasekhaya uCung Le, odibana noWanderlei Silva kumlo ocwangciselwe imijikelo emithathu ephakathi. U-Le naye uye wadlala indima ekuveleni kwe-MMA - woyisa uFrank Shamrock ngo-2006 e-HP Pavilion kumlo wokuqala ogunyazisiweyo waseCalifornia.



Le ndawo yayinombane ngobo busuku, utshilo uLe, oneminyaka engama-39, owenza i-UFC yakhe yokuqala. Kodwa ndicinga ukuba kuya kuphambana ngakumbi xa ndiphuma ngeli xesha. Kungcono ndinxibe iiplagi zam zendlebe.

U-Le, ongu-7-1 kulo lonke uloyiso lwakhe ngokukqonkqoza, mva nje uxakeke kakhulu ngokudlala kunokulwa. Unendima kwiifilimu ezintathu eziza kuphuma kulo nyaka uzayo, kuquka Indoda ene-Iron Fists kunye noRussell Crowe kunye noLucy Liu.



Mna noLucy Liu, sinomdlalo obalaseleyo apho, utshilo uLe. Ngoko onke amadoda aza kuba nomona.

Kodwa, umqeqeshi wongezelela uJavier Mendez, ugxininiso lukaLe ngoku luphumelele kwi-UFC.

Awungekhe ube ngumdlali wexeshana kunye nomlo we-MMA okwethutyana kuba uya kubhangiswa, utshilo uMendez, oqhuba iSan Jose's American Kickboxing Academy. Kodwa kuya kuba kukhulu kumdlalo ukuba wenza kakuhle, kuba uCung Le uzisa ubuchule obunamandla obungazange bubonwe ngaphambili. Kukho into ethi 'wow' oyibona kuphela kwiimuvi.

UHenderson, owakhuphisana kwiMidlalo yeOlimpiki yeBarcelona kunye neAtlanta kumlo wamaGrike namaRoma, kudala wagqiba kwelokuba agxile kwiMMA. Uye walwa phambi kwababukeli be-71,000 eJapan kwaye uphumelele izihloko kwi-Pride kunye nemibutho yeStrikeforce.

NgoJulayi, wabetha uFedor Emelianenko waseRashiya kumjikelo wokuqala nangona wayenobunzima obuziikhilogram ezili-16 kumlo weStrikeforce. UHenderson onelizwi elithambileyo, onempumlo ethe tyaba kunye neendlebe zecauliflower ezijijekileyo emva kweminyaka esilwa kunye nokujijisana, ngoku kukumjikelo wakhe wesithathu ne-UFC.

U-Henderson (28-8) kunye no-29 oneminyaka engama-Rua (i-20-5) yizona zinto ziphambili ze-MMA ezingazange zilwe - ezichaza umdla ophezulu ekulweni.

Ukususela kuSuku lokuqala ndandilindele oku, uHenderson uthe ngokukhula kwe-MMA. Imveliso iyazithengisa ngokwenene. Kungumbandela nje wokuyityhila ebantwini, emva koko baxhonywe. Ngokwenene awukho omnye umdlalo onjengawo.

Qhagamshelana noMark Emmons kwi-408-920-5745.




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