Dan Henderson issues statement on turning down Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fight

UFC light heavyweight contender Dan Henderson wants a shot at reigning division champion Jon Jones, and from the sound of it, he wants it sooner rather than later.

"Hendo" was offered a headlining bout opposite former PRIDE FC rival Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who submitted the Greco-Roman wrestler via first round armbar at "Total Elimination" back in 2005.

The rematch, as well as the opportunity to avenge his loss to "Little Nog," was a fight he "didn't think the fans would be interested in." In addition, he wanted "more time to prepare for a five round main event."

Considering Henderson recently went to hell and back against Mauricio Rua at UFC 139, it's a valid concern.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion told the powers that be "thanks, but no thanks," and Nogueira was quickly paired off against Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC on FUEL TV fight card on April 14 in Sweden.

Henderson breaks it all down for Jeff Dotseth and Stephen Quadros via Clinch Gear Radio (Sirius 94 XM 208) after the jump.

"I was under the impression that [Dana White] was still kinda on the fence on whether he was gonna put me in front of Rashad (Evans) or not. That's assuming Rashad wins. He did offer me a fight with little Nogueira and I didn't think the fans would be interested in that fight and it's not as much time as I'd like to prepare for a five round fight so I told him I'd wait and see what happens with the Rashad fight. I'd like to fight Jones now rather than if I took that fight with Little Nog. I wouldn't be fighting Jones for another eight, ninth months. I'm okay waiting a little bit. It was more about having the time to prepare and I did inquire to say hey, I would be interested in doing it if it was a three round fight, I could have time to prepare."

How about it Maniacs, satisfied with his explanation?

And do you think he gets an immediate fight against "Bones?" Phil Davis, who battles Evans for a spot in the 205-pound contender's line at UFC on FOX 2 on Jan. 28, already said he has no problem giving "Hendo" first crack at the champ.

"Suga," however, may not be as sweet on the idea.

Either way, Jones is already itching to get back inside the cage, so expect to hear more on this division in the next few weeks, if not sooner.

And don't forget about Alexander Gustafsson, who took Henderson's place in his native land.

UFC on Fuel TV 2 goes down on April 14 in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be headlined by Gustafsson vs. Nogueira. Other interesting match-ups announced for the fight card include a middleweight tilt pitting Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara and a welterweight war between Paulo Thiago and Siyar Bahadurzada.

To check out the latest fight card and rumors for that event click here.

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