During a recent interview with Mauro Ranallo on The Score, UFC president Dana White mentioned talk of a possible Dan Henderson-Mauricio “Shogun” Rua rematch for one of the upcoming cards in Canada. White, however, said Henderson turned down the opportunity to face Rua again.
Last year, Henderson claimed a decision victory over Rua in what many called the “Fight of the Year.” The scoring was very close in the eyes of many, but “Hendo” won and earned somewhat of a No. 1 contender spot to be determined. The former Strikeforce champion has yet to cash in, waiting for a shot at either the UFC light heavyweight or middleweight title.
I was trying to put together Dan Henderson vs. ‘Shogun’ II (for UFC 149) and Henderson doesn’t want to do the fight. He wants Anderson Silva if Silva wins (vs. Chael Sonnen); he’ll make that cut. Otherwise, he wants to fight the winner of Rashad (Evans) and (Jon) Jones.
Henderson, via his Twitter account, replied back when asked by a follower to confirm or deny turning Rua down. For the record, Rua is currently booked to face Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but Jackson is going under the knife for double knee surgery and will be out for an extended period of time.
If dana said it then out must be true. Lol..
Henderson has not competed since the Rua match. He also turned down a match with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, according to a previous report by White.