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Dana White: Dan Henderson or Chael Sonnen Could Be Next For Anderson Silva (Update: But Not On FOX)

Anderson Silva still has to beat Yushin Okami this weekend before it means anything, but Dana White confirmed at the UFC 134 press conference today that Silva could be looking at a rematch with Dan Henderson or Chael Sonnen should he defeat Okami on Saturday.

UFC President Dana White commented first on Sonnen, who has a fight coming up at UFC 136 against Brian Stann.

“Well, Chael Sonnen has a fight in Houston before we can make that decision. He’d have to get through his fight in Houston,” White commented.

Rumors have been swirling for the past few days that Henderson could be re-signed to the UFC, and put on a collision course with Silva for the first UFC on Fox show on Nov 12 in Anaheim, Calif.

“Obvioulsy, Dan Henderson is a possibility, too,” White commented.

“We’ll see what happens,” said White. “We don’t know yet, but you’re right it can be one of those guys.”

Dan Henderson’s manager, Aaron Crecy, stressed to MMA Fighting that Hendo has yet to sign with the UFC, so that’s still a roadblock. However, he believes Anderson Silva is the one and only middleweight fight Hendo would be interested in, so he thinks he would take it if it was offered.

Dana didn’t specifically say Silva-Hendo 2 or Silva-Sonnen 2 would happen on the UFC’s first FOX card as heavily rumored, however Lorenzo Fertitta did tell Ariel Helwani yesterday that an Anderson Silva title fight is one of several possibilities they’re considering for the UFC on FOX 1 main event. So it may be one of these match-ups or it may not involve Silva, Henderson or Sonnen at all. It’s just too soon to tell. Fertitta did mention though that while he’d like to see Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida, it’s not one of the match-ups they’ve been considering for the co-main event.

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Update: Dana White just killed all speculation that Anderson Silva could headline the UFC on FOX show in this interview with Ariel Helwani. Transcription via MMA Mania:

“It’s not true. I saw that rumor too, yesterday I was cruising around on the Internet and saw that, it’s not true. If he goes out and wins in 13 seconds, he’s not considered for the FOX show. I’m working on (the main event for that show) right now. I can’t (talk about it), you know me, I have to get the deal done and I have to know that both guys are going to accept the fight. Plus, saying that, even though I say that (Silva) won’t fight on the FOX card, I’m watching what happens this weekend before I decide who’s going to fight on FOX.”

Not sure what he means by that last comment. Shogun or Forrest up for a FOX slot?

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