Dan Henderson: The UFC never offered me a fight against Lyoto Machida

What's the deal with Dan Henderson?

Good question. The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, who was expected to breathe new life into the shrinking 205-pound division, has been floundering on the sidelines ever since he decisioned Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 back in Nov. 2011.

So, what's the hold up?

There appears to be some confusion between "Hendo" and UFC President Dana White. After Henderson rejected a bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, White told fans the former middleweight would wait for a title shot. Then a few weeks later said no, he doesn't want to wait.

White even claims Henderson was offered a bout against Lyoto Machida but turned it down, a claim "Hollywood" refutes, after the jump.

From Henderson's Twitter:

Was never offered machida. And even though he has lost 3 out of his last 4, I'm sure it would be entertaining.

Reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his strap against Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 145, currently scheduled for Sat., April 21, 2012, at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

If "Bones" retains, it's not out of the question for him to compete again in early-to-mid summer, having already mapped out an ambitious 2012 fight campaign.

However, if "Suga" can pull off the upset, he may need more time to prepare, having already competed at UFC on Fox 2 earlier this year. That means Henderson, who is already 41, could be on the shelf for up to a year between fights.

Unless he takes a fight sooner.

Let's hear some suggestions, Maniacs, does "Hendo" wait for a title shot, or get back into the cage to throw hands against a viable contender?

Anyone think the Machida match-up is the way to go?

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