UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson earned a title-shot in November 2011 after capping off a four-fight run with an extremely entertaining effort against Mauricio Rua. However, champion Jon Jones was wrapped up in a grudge match with Rashad Evans and unavailable. Rather than stay active, Henderson decided to wait for Jones and nearly saw the move pay off before a knee injury forced him out of their tilt.
The iconic â€œHendoâ€ hasnâ€™t fought since, spawning the longest period of inactivity heâ€™s dealt with in a fifteen-year career. Henderson will look to end his absence from the ring on February 23 when he fights Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 and, if victorious, wonâ€™t be resting on his laurels again even if the divisional belt isnâ€™t available.
Henderson explained his position in a recent interview with the UFCâ€¦
â€œIâ€™m planning on just staying in his face, making him fight me, and trying to take advantage of touching his chin a little bit. Hopefully I can knock him out quickly. If not, Iâ€™m gonna control and beat him up for three rounds.â€
â€œIâ€™m not gonna wait around for a title-shot. If the timingâ€™s not right Iâ€™ll fight somebody else thatâ€™s the top guy and Iâ€™ll knock them out. But I also feel like Iâ€™ll be the guy to beat.â€
The full interview with Henderson can be seen below:
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