What’s next for Dan Henderson?

Many felt an all-out, five-round, epic with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139 and returning to the Octagon as Strikeforce light heavyweight champion would put Hendo on the fast track to a UFC title shot against Jon Jones.

But now, four months later, he’s still in limbo, waiting for his next fight.

Jones was already tied up with a scheduled title defense against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, which he won. He then had to honor a promised shot to former teammate Rashad Evans. The two will square off in April at UFC 145 in Atlanta.

Henderson, of course, doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines. He’s always been a fighter that excels when he stays busy.

Having long fought at the highest levels in both the light heavyweight and middleweight classes – and even stepping up to heavyweight on occasion – Henderson isn’t overly picky. He’ll take the shot at whoever holds the light heavyweight belt or the middleweight strap, at least according to UFC president Dana White.

“He wants a title fight. He either wants Anderson Silva or whoever has the belt at 185 or the winner of Evans and Jones,” White said at the recent UFC on Fox 3 press conference in New York City. “Last time I talked to Henderson, he wanted to wait to fight one of these guys for the title.”

Henderson held belts in two different weight classes during his Pride tenure, has worn the Strikeforce light heavyweight strap, and even won a UFC tournament in the company’s pre-Zuffa days, but he has yet to capture a modern-day UFC title.

Henderson failed in unifying the Pride 185 and 205-pound belts with then-UFC champions Anderson Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, respectively.

In the twilight years of his storied career, however – he is now 41 years of age – Henderson doesn’t need to face the flavor of the day. In short, he wants a title shot. He wants to add at least one UFC strap to his collection.

“He’ll fight whoever has that belt,” said White, musing on situation. “Dan doesn’t seem too picky, I think he would fight Chael Sonnen (if he won the belt from Silva).”

The likelihood is that he will get a shot at the winner of Jones and Evans. They’re fighting April 21, while Silva isn’t likely to defend his belt until June or July, with Sonnen slated as the opponent.

For now, however, if Henderson wants a title shot, he will have to wait on the sidelines for at least one of those fights to play out.

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dana White: If victorious, Conor McGregor gets fight at 80,000-seat Croke Park

  • 25 days ago

Conor McGregor’s dream of headlining a stadium show in his native Ireland will apparently come to fruition if he successfully unifies the UFC featherweight title at UFC 194.Filed under: Featured Vide read news >>

Dana White bought Kelvin Gastelum a nutritionist for UFC Mexico -- and Matt Brown isn't happy about it

  • 26 days ago

After winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 as a middleweight, Kelvin Gastelum shed some skin to try his luck in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division. Success did not come w read news >>

Vitor Belfort talks controversial pre-UFC 187 drug tests, wonders if Chris Weidman stopped 'cycling’

  • 26 days ago

Four months later, Vitor Belfort has decided to fire back at Chris Weidman. Days before the middleweight title fight between Weidman and Belfort in May, a report by ESPN revealed that both fighters p read news >>

Roger Huerta vs. Koji Ando among ONE Championship 31 additions

  • 26 days ago

This month’s “ONE Championship 31: Odyssey of Champions” lineup has three new additions, officials today announced.Filed under: News read news >>

Rousey, Holm talk UFC 193 - 2 am/11 pm ETPT

  • 28 days ago

Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Valerie Letourneau and Dana White are all in Melbourne to talk UFC 193 - join the action Wednesday at 2 am ET/Tuesday at 11 pm PT. read news >>

UFC 193 press conference video

  • 27 days ago

At the UFC 193 press conference, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, and UFC president Dana White will answer questions from the media and fans Wednesday. UFC strawweight cham read news >>

Dana White Responds to Nick Diaz's Suspension

  • 27 days ago

UFC President Dana White stated Tuesday that his opinion about Nick Diaz's suspension doesn't matter because it doesn't carry any weight with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Mike Bohn and John read news >>

UFC insists it won't comment on Nick Diaz suspension, Dana White comments anyway

  • 27 days ago

While the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is up in arms over the "tyrants" at Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is keeping quiet about the five-year sus read news >>

Dana White on Nick Diaz suspension: 'I have no say in the matter'

  • 27 days ago

UFC president Dana White responded to a fan on Twitter who asked for his thoughts on Nick Diaz's 5 year marijuana suspension. The MMA world cannot stop talking about the NAC's decision to ban the UFC read news >>

King Mo: MMA 'ain't really a true sport,' because Dana White is its biggest star

  • 27 days ago

LOS ANGELES -- One by one, Muhammed Lawal went through most of the major sports, asking reporters and videographers to name the biggest star in each. Football. Basketball. Track and field. Swimming. read news >>