Dan Henderson has plenty of confidence in his own skills, and feels he likely would already be UFC light heavyweight champion if not for a knee injury.
Instead, Henderson is preparing for a February meeting with Lyoto Machida at UFC 157.
While nothing has been promised to the winner of the fight, whoever has their hand raised inside the Honda Center will likely earn themselves a future meeting with either Jon Jones or Chael Sonnen for the belt. That, though, is of little concern to Henderson right now.
“If the timing’s right (to fight for the title), I’d do it,” said Henderson, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com Radio. “If not, I’ll beat the next top guy.”
Henderson sat on the sidelines for all of 2012 waiting to cash in his title shot. Then, “Hendo” was hit with the injury and forced to miss the remainder of the year in August.
Despite being 42 years old, and feeling like retirement is likely coming in the next year or two, that hasn’t stopped Henderson from believing in his own abilities.
“I feel that I’m probably the best guy in the weight class,” Henderson said. “I know that if I fought Jones, I’d knock him on his ass. But if I don’t get that opportunity, I’m not going to sit and dwell on it and wait for it. I waited last year, and I’m not going to do it this year.”