Legendary light heavyweight Dan Henderson cleared up speculation on his future plans over the weekend in an interview where he confirmed notions his sole interest at the moment lies in receiving a shot at the winner of Jon Jones’ upcoming title-defense against rival Rashad Evans. Prior to his recent statements on the matter Henderson had only denied turning down a match-up with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira rather than dismissing all other opponents as options save for Jones/Evans.
“The only fight that makes sense is a title shot, I was hoping to jump the line in front of Rashad, but I’ve got to wait until Rashad fights Jon Jones and then I’ll fight the winner,” said Henderson to ESPN.
“I guess Dana promised Rashad he was next for the title shot,” the 41-year old continued before expressing his opinion that the UFC had erred in going that route. “Timing wise, it would have been better for me to fight Jones, and then have Rashad fight the winner. That would have been better than having Rashad come right back after fighting Phil Davis, and (timing) is probably going to be pushed again if Rashad wins because he’s going to have to fight me pretty quickly as well.”
Jones and Evans meet on April 21 in the main event at UFC 145. Henderson has been twiddling his thumbs since November when he turned in a Fight of the Year performance with Mauricio Rua. Including the decision nod over “Shogun”, the 29-8 former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion has won his last four bouts including finishes of Rafael Cavalcante, Renato Sobral, and Fedor Emelianenko.
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