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.