Did Dan Henderson turn down Shogun Rua rematch? Dana White says 'yes,' Hendo says 'LOL'

By Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White's count, Dan Henderson has turned down three straight fights. According to "Hendo," he's only refused one.

They're both in agreement that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was offered for the UFC on FUEL TV 2 main event on April 14 in Sweden, a fight the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion didn't have enough time to prepare for, but what about the subsequent offer of ex-division champ Lyoto Machida?

"Dangerous Dan" claims it never happened.

Now the latest and greatest opponent to be presented -- and shot down -- is none other than Mauricio Rua, who took his fellow PRIDE veteran to the five-round limit at UFC 139 before falling on points, in what is widely considered as one of the greatest fights of 2011.

White told Mauro Ranallo at yesterday's Calgary press conference that he, as well as the fans, were clamoring for a rematch, but couldn't put pen to paper because the former Olympic wrestler didn't want it.

"Yeah, I was trying to put together Dan Henderson vs. Shogun II and Henderson doesn't want to do the fight. Henderson wants to wait for the winner of either Jonny "Bones" Jones or Anderson Silva. He wants Anderson Silva, if Silva wins, he will make that cut. Otherwise, he wants to fight the winner of Rashad and Jones."

Henderson responds after the jump:

If dana said it then out must be true. Lol..

Henderson has repeatedly said he isn't interested in fighting inside the Octagon unless it's for the 185 or 205-pound title.

Fortunately for "Hollywood," he may not have to wait very long. That's because Jon Jones is expected to 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.

Do any MMA fans believe Henderson should continue to hold out for a title shot? Or take an "in-between" fight while he waits? What if the winner of "Jones vs. Evans" or "Silva vs. Sonnen" gets hurt and requires a layoff?

Lots of scenarios to consider here Maniacs ... let your voice be heard.

MMAmania's Adam Guillen contributed to this report.

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