Dan Henderson Likely to Sit and Wait for Winner of Jones/Evans

February 2, 2012
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Dan Henderson
When Rashad Evans defeated Phil Davis at UFC on Fox 2, it locked up his position as the No. 1 contender in the light heavyweight division, and assured him of the next shot at champion Jon Jones.

Unless something unfortunate happens, Evans will finally face Jones on April 21 at UFC 145 in Atlanta, but that still leaves one big lingering question.

What about Dan Henderson?

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion was the other name that was vying for a shot at Jon Jones after his ‘Fight of the Year’ performance against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 139 last November.

Henderson was originally offered a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but turned it down on the prospect that he could still get a fight with Jones.

Now that Rashad Evans has been given the next shot at Jones, it appears Henderson is happy to sit and wait for the winner of that fight later this year.

“Dan Henderson’s in a position right now where it looks like he wants to wait for Jon Jones,” UFC President Dana White said on Thursday. “We’ll see what happens with this Rashad fight.”

Traditionally, Henderson has been a fighter that hasn’t enjoyed sitting out for long periods of time, and reportedly called White asking to compete again right after his last bout with Rua ended.

Now it looks like Henderson would rather wait for his opportunity to fight for the UFC title as opposed to taking another fight for the time being.

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  • ChiTown420

    Good cause the only 2 people that deserve to fight him right now are both fighting for the title. I could a rematch wit rampage when he wins and mayb Shad or bones get hurt when they fight so to avoid a longer lay-off a huge fight with rampage would make sense.

  • ChiTown420

    ^See a rematch:/

  • ChiTown420

    RampageVsHendo on UfcOnFox4 the first fight got huge ratings why not?

  • he definately deserves his shot he left the UFC the first time cause he wasnt gettin his shot now he can good on him for waiting hope he smokes it wen he gets his shot

  • KingSlaughter

    henderson should fight one more time…its gonna be a long wait…if rampage beats bader impressively than hendo should definitely fight rampage next

  • paulsr

    Rampage is finished,he wants to box,
    he has no ground game!

    • fsunoles09

      bro rampage was a wrestler before he even came to mma dumbass

  • bajafox

    Let him wait, even though I’d like to see him fight one more time he deserves it and the UFC owe’s it to him.

    Hope he’s well rested when the time comes, it’d be great to see him hold the belt one more time

  • fsunoles09

    if hedno dont beat em, wont nobody beat em anytime soon.