Dan Henderson has been the root of several possible fights for several months now. The former Strikeforce champion has, according to reports, turned down matches with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in hopes of fighting for UFC gold.
Last year, when Henderson defeated Rua in an epic war, it was determined that he would be the No. 1 contender to either the UFC light heavyweight or middleweight title. Well, since that time, the belt has been put into matches that do not involve Henderson.
UFC president Dana White told Fight Day during a recent interview that Henderson will challenge for one of the two titles following the upcoming defenses by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (vs. Rashad Evans) and UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (vs. Chael Sonnen).
Yes, Dan Henderson will get the winner of that fight (Jones vs. Evans) or the winner of the Anderson Silva fight. Dan Henderson just wants a title shot. You know, there was a lot of talk about the stuff I said. Here is the thing. I offered Dan Henderson two fights. Dan Henderson wants this fight (for the title). Normally, I don’t do that. Guys don’t sit around and wait and pick their fights. There’s been very specific cases where that has happened and it’s the guys who have earned it or deserved it. Dan Henderson is one of those guys.
Jones and Evans will meet first, comprising the main event of UFC 145 on April 21. Silva-Sonnen is set for UFC 147 on June 23. Barring any serious injury to the victor, it would seem Henderson is likely to face either “Bones” or “Suga” for the UFC 205-pound title later this year.
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