The following is an excerpt from a new www.mmanews.com interview with Phil Baroni
MMANews.com: Do you think Dan Henderson will go back to 185 and fight middleweight or do you think he'll stay at light heavyweight.
Phil Baroni: From what I hear he's looking to wrap it up. He's accomplished a lot of his goals. He's a champion in multiple weight classes. I think he just wants to win that UFC title. The guy has money and he's been wrestling forever. From what I gather I think he's going for that title. I don't think he's coming back down to middleweight. I work with his stand-up coach who coached him for Wanderlei Silva [Shawn Tompkins] and he said he thinks he'll most likely be staying at light heavyweight. Dan's crazy you know? He fights anyone. I say he's probably sick of dieting and he'll stick at 205. He beat Wanderlei Silva and there was never a more dominant champion in the sport at 205 than Wanderlei Silva.
MMANews.com: Who would you pick in the Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva fight people have been clamouring about for so many years that seems to be a possibility again?
Phil Baroni: I think that fight has lost its' appeal. I really don't care anymore. I'm not sure who would win it, they're both great fighters and I'm friends with Chuck but I'm not really interested in that fight anymore. I think a bigger fight now would be Wanderlei vs. Rampage, even though Silva has beaten him twice I still think it could be a big-big fight. Dan Henderson vs. Rampage Jackson is an interesting fight but there's no storyline there, bad blood, there's nothing intriguing there. So I think the fight they should have done was Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson but I'm not the promoter I'm just a fighter.
MMANews.com: Did you catch your old friend Matt Lindland vs. Fedor Emelianenko [laughs]?
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