Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson downplayed his interest in a UFC-Strikeforce title unification bout before he fought Fedor Emelianenko this past weekend, but now that he has defeated once-dominant Russian heavyweight, he suddenly seems more intrigued by the potential to fight Jon Jones or Rampage Jackson for the UFC light heavyweight belt.
“I think that could be interesting going forward, a unification fight with the winner of that contest would be a good match,” Henderson told Telegraph Sport from his home tonight.
“I’m the Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, I’ve beaten Fedor, and I’m unemployed, so we’ll have to see what the talks are now after I’ve had a few weeks off,” said the American mixed martial artist, 41 this month. “It’s not a bad position to be in though.”
Not a bad position at all. Henderson and his management will certainly explore their options with both Strikeforce and the UFC, but where he ends up is anyone’s guess.
If Hendo stays with Strikeforce, he has the likes of “King Mo” Lawal, Roger Gracie, Gegard Mousasi and Mike Kyle to defend his title against, but those bouts aren’t nearly as compelling as the potential match-ups in the UFC. Personally, I’d love to see Hendo get the Jones-Rampage winner, but Rashad Evans has been waiting his turn for over a year now, so I guess you almost have to give it to him if he beats Tito Ortiz this weekend. If Tito wins though, I say give it to Hendo and let Tito fight the Shogun Rua vs. Forrest Griffin winner or Lyoto Machida. Tito would make for a nice story, but I don’t think anyone would complain if he had to win more.
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