If former Strikeforce 205lb champion Dan Henderson gets his way we won’t be seeing him in the Octagon any time soon.
Following a big victory over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in one of the fights of the year in 2011 Henderson is on the brink of a title shot, but Rashad Evans will get the chance to face current champion Jon Jones first, leaving the 41 year-old in an awkward position.
Henderson was offered a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira late recently, but turned it down and according to Dana White he has his heart set on fighting for the belt and nothing else will do.
“Dan Henderson’s in a position right now where it looks like he wants to wait for Jon Jones,” White told the media at the UFC 143 pre-fight presser yesterday. “We’ll see what happens with this Rashad fight.”
‘Hendo’ has been in scintillating form over the past year or so since moving back up to the light-heavyweight division, with his other victims including Fedor Emelianenko, Rafael Cavalcante and Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral, all of whom were stopped inside the distance thanks to his notoriously heavy hands.
For a man of his years sitting around the shelf for too long isn’t ideal though, but he’s fortunate in that it appears we’ll have a fairly quick turnaround for the Jones Vs Evans title fight which is currently pencilled in for April, and that means Hendo could get his chance against the winner in the summer if all goes according to plan.