henderson vs sonnen
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White seems to think so.
Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson, who made a successful return to the Octagon at UFC 139 last November in a five round war against Mauricio Rua, earned the right to fight for the title with his "Fight of the Year" candidate against "Shogun."
But which title?
That remains to be seen. "Hendo," who historically has remained competitive at both middleweight and light heavyweight, could have his pick of the litter by the end of the summer. Jon Jones is currently scheduled to defend his 205-pound title opposite Rashad Evans at UFC 145 next month while Anderson Silva puts his 185-pound strap on the line opposite Chael Sonnen in June.
And as White explains to media members at the UFC on FOX 3 press conference earlier this week (via MMA Weekly), Henderson "doesn't seem too picky" about which champion he'll face -- even if it turns out to be his longtime buddy from Team Quest.
Those comments, after the jump.
"He wants a title fight. He either wants Anderson Silva or whoever has the belt at 185 or the winner of Evans and Jones. Last time I talked to Henderson, he wanted to wait to fight one of these guys for the title. He’ll fight whoever has that belt. Dan doesn’t seem too picky, I think he would fight Chael Sonnen."
"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."
On the shelf since late last year, he may get up to a year for said preparation.
The former UFC middleweight number one contender told the powers that be "thanks, but no thanks," and Nogueira was quickly paired off against Alexander Gustafsson (and later replaced by Thiago Silva) for the UFC on FUEL TV 2 fight card on April 14 in Sweden.
Was it worth the wait?
We'll find out soon enough, but from a fan's perspective, which weight class to do you want to see the "H-Bomb" detonate in and why?