Though Dan Henderson has been given an option to fight for the UFC middleweight championship, possibly avenging a loss to Anderson Silva in the process, it appears the legendary scrapper’s sole focus at the moment relates to this weekend’s title-fight between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans. Due to his recent success and overall standing as a top competitor, Henderson is in the unique position of also being top contender at 205-pounds as well meaning he’ll be scouting a future opponent when the light heavyweight rivals lock horns on Saturday night at UFC 145.
In the past Henderson stated he truly only wanted to face Silva as a middleweight rather than make a run in the division but now the 41-year old veteran looks to even be backing off that stance.
“I’m not real keen on fighting 185, but it’s a possibility still. I’m not ruling it out. I’m not really worried about it. But right now I’d like to fight at 205. I fought him, I lost awhile back. If it happens it happens,” said Henderson of a rematch with Silva during an interview with FightHub TV. “I’m not in need of a rematch just to redeem myself. I know what I’m capable of doing. It’d be nice to fight him when I’m having a good day rather than a bad day but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”
As such, Henderson will almost certainly face Jones or Evans depending on who emerges from the Octagon with a title in tow. “Hendo” is currently on a four-fight winning streak including victories over Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio Rua with success in seven of his last eight outings.
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