UFC 135: An 'unemployed' Dan Henderson interested in fighting the winner of Jon Jones vs Rampage Jackson

Photo via Strikeforce.com

Randy who?

Move over 'Naytch, there's a new forty-something light heavyweight tearing up the mixed martial arts (MMA) landscape and his name is Dan Henderson.

"Hendo," who turns 41 later this month, laid waste to the Strikeforce light heavyweight division before packing on a few pounds and abrogating Fedor Emelianenko at last Saturday night's (July 30) Showtime event in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

In fact, the former PRIDE champion is 6-1 over the past three years, his only blemish caused by a middleweight mugging from Jake Shields in early 2010 -- one that saw Henderson struggle with his 185-pound weight cut.

Not that it matters.

He's returned to the light heavyweight division and never looked better, vitiating Renato Sobral and Rafael Cavalcante in the process and claiming the promotion's 205-pound strap.

A strap he may never defend now that his contract is up.

But that doesn't mean there's no place for him to call home. A return to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) could be the logical place to finish his career -- and Henderson already has his eyes on a potential title unification bout against the winner of Jon Jones vs. "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135 on Sept. 24.

"I think that could be interesting going forward, a unification fight with the winner of that contest would be a good match," Henderson told The Telegraph. "I’m not really looking to go back to middleweight. I’m happy at light-heavyweight. It’s where I feel most comfortable ... I’m the Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, I’ve beaten Fedor, and I’m unemployed, so we’ll have to see what the talks are now after I’ve had a few weeks off. It’s not a bad position to be in though."

Henderson fought Jackson in his UFC return back on Sept. 8, 2007, losing a five round slugfest against "Rampage" by way of unanimous decision. While complaints from MMA fans would be few and far between if "Hollywood" was granted an immediate title shot, it's hard to imagine him leapfrogging Rashad Evans should "Suga" win his rematch against Tito Ortiz on Aug. 6.

Then again, Evans has already stated he would "love to fight 'Hendo.'"

And aside from Rashad, we still have former champions Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua looking to reclaim the gold.

How about it Maniacs, any of those potential match-ups doing anything for you? And will the UFC be able to come to terms with Henderson financially for another run at the gold -- something they were unable to do when they let him walk back in late 2009?

Opinions, please.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker