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Dan Henderson Remains On Quest To Claim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, Not Middleweight Title


Ask Dan Henderson, and the former Strikeforce champion will tell you exactly what he wants: a shot at the UFC light heavyweight championship.

Currently, “Hendo” is awaiting word on his next fight. The UFC light heavyweight title is tied up, as champ Jon Jones is set to defend against Rashad Evans. That leaves Henderson with a gap between his last fight – a win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua late in 2011 – and a crack at the gold belt.

That seems to be fine with Henderson, as he tells ESPN in a recent interview.

“I don’t have any real desire to fight at middleweight. The only guy I’d cut weight for is Anderson Silva (current UFC middleweight champion), win or lose that could still happen.”

UFC president Dana White had previously told reporters that Henderson would be fine with facing Silva or Chael Sonnen, who is expected to get the next shot at Silva. That, however, seems untrue, according to Henderson.

“Chael lives up in Oregon, but I know him real well. He was with me and Randy (Couture) when we first started our team.”

Silva and Henderson have fought before, with “The Spider” unifying the UFC and PRIDE middleweight titles with a victory. It remains to be seen when Henderson will accept another fight, or if he will stay true to his word and await a shot at the UFC light heavyweight belt.

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