After reportedly passing up a fight against "Lil' Nog," another go around against "Shogun," and a potential thriller against Machida, "Hendo" has made his feelings felt that he will only fight someone who is holding UFC gold his next time out. Preferably, whoever is holding the UFC Light Heavyweight title, Jon Jones or Rashad Evans.
After defeating Rua at UFC 139 on Nov. 19, 2011, in what proved to be one of the best fights of the year, Henderson believed his outing was good enough to earn a title shot ahead of Rashad Evans. After all, "Suga" still had to get passed Phil Davis at UFC on Fox 2 in Chicago, two months after Hendo had secured his win against "Shogun."
The former Olympic wrestler tells ESPN.com that he believes he is next up for the winner between "Suga" and "Bones," however, Henderson feels that timing wise, he should have received the nod to try and dethrone the 205-pound phenom that is Jon Jones, ahead of his bitter rival, Rashad Evans.
Make the jump to see what "Dangerous Dan" had to say:
"I guess Dana promised Rashad he was next for the title shot. But timing wise, it would have been better for me to fight Jones, and then have Rashad fight the winner. That would have been better than having Rashad come right back after fighting Phil Davis, and it's probably going to be pushed again if Rashad wins because he's going to have to fight me pretty quickly as well. Dana hasn't publicly stated that I'm next but that's the word. We'll see. The only fight that makes sense is a title shot, I was hoping to jump the line in front of Rashad, but I've got to wait until Rashad fights Jon Jones and then I'll fight the winner."
In hindsight, timing wise, it probably would have made more sense to have Henderson battle it out against Jones and give Rashad the winner, and in the process, give Evans a little bit more time to recuperate from his fight with Davis. "Suga" didn't suffer any damage in his five rounder against "Mr. Wonderful," so all is well that ends well, apparently.
Nonetheless, the UFC opted to wait for Evans and booked the long awaited title fight between he and Jones which is set to go down on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia at UFC 145. While the aging legend Henderson, will more than likely sit on the sidelines longer than expected as he still has to wait for the winner of the monumental title fight to heal up from any potential damage either may suffer.
What's your opinion Maniacs, did UFC officials get it right by opting to hold out and give Rashad his title shot against Jones instead of giving it to Henderson? Or should have "Hendo" been given the title fight first?
Perhaps the very real possibility of losing out on the chance to finally make the title fight between the former friends and training partners (Jones and Evans) again, a fight that has been scratched twice before due to injury, was not a chance the UFC was willing to take.