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Dana White Clarifies UFC Light Heavyweight Title Picture

A few days after stating that Dan Henderson could leapfrog Rashad Evans in the UFC light heavyweight title picture, Dana White has offered more clarification on the situation.

On The Jim Rome show earlier today, Dana clearly stated that Rashad Evans will indeed get the opportunity if he beats Phil Davis next week at UFC on FOX 2. Transcription via Fighters Only:

“We’re working on it now. We’re going to obviously see what happens in this Rashad fight at the end of the month. The next fight on Fox, Rashad is fighting [Phil] Davis [January 28], so we’ll see what happens there,” White said on Tuesday,” he said.

“If Rashad wins, if Rashad comes out injury free, we’ll get the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones/Rashad Evans fight going.”

So what about Dan Henderson? Well, here’s Ariel Helwani will a little insight on his situation.

Also reported, Dana White said that Dan Henderson turned down a fight against Lil’ Nog, so they then decided to book Nog-Gustafsson (at UFC on FUEL 2). The original plan was if Evans beat Davis, he would face Jones. The winner of Hendo/Nog would then fight for the #1 contender. Now, since Hendo turned down the Nog fight, his status is unclear.

In essence, Hendo is pulling the same move Rashad Evans did after he beat Rampage Jackson. He’s up there at the top of ladder and has chosen to wait his turn. It’s a decision that could pay off if Davis beats Evans next week, but it could also backfire like it did for Evans if not. It’s a tough call if you’re Hendo, but it’s probably worth waiting to see what happens at UFC on FOX 2 before taking another fight.

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