With Rashad Evans next in line to face Jon Jones for the light-heavyweight title, former Strikeforce 205lb champion Dan Henderson looked all set to sit out the next few months in order to face the winner, but according to the fighter himself that’s not neccessarily the case.
“I don’t know what the plan is, but I’d fight whoever it is they think would be a good match-up,” Henderson told ESPN. “The problem is there’s really nobody right now who fits the bill for a title contention fight that would make sense to fight me.”
Henderson has already admitted to turning down a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and beyond that he’s right to suggest that there aren’t a great deal of options available to him at 205lbs right now.
With that in mind he’s open to the idea of expanding his horizons in the hopes of getting a fight sooner rather than later.
“Maybe I’d fight at a different weight class. I don’t know if they see anybody at heavyweight that would make sense? But I would prefer to fight someone in April or May.”
Of course Henderson has already fought at heavyweight recently, defeating Fedor Emelianenko in a fight for Strikeforce just prior to resigning for the UFC so it’s not a completely ‘pie in the sky’ idea.
However, while it could be an interesting idea it is also a flawed one. It makes no sense for the man who’s set to become the next No.1 contender at light-heavyweight in a matter of months to risk his current winning streak in a one-off heavyweight bout.
It’s also hard to see who he could fight at heavyweight that would make any more sense than rematching ‘Lil Nog’ in his current weight class.
Given that Jones Vs Evans will take place in April and assuming there’s no major injuries from that bout, the winner could be ready to face ‘Hendo’ in the summer so it’d make sense for him to wait until then.
If he has his heart set on fighting before that then perhaps a fight at 205lbs with someone like Lyoto Machida might be worth looking at.