While the stench of what was the UFC 151 debacle has finally died down, Dan Henderson still has his sights set on a fight against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones.
"Hendo" and "Bones" were supposed to swing leather last September, but "Dangerous Dan" was forced from the title fight due to a bum knee. After Jones declined to fight Chael Sonnen on just a few days notice, the event was scrapped altogether.
And while Henderson isn't looking past Rashad Evans, whom he will face in the main event at UFC 161 on June 15, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, he still has "unfinished business" with Jones and says he would like to take care of it sometime down the road.
His words at this week's UFC 161 media conference call:
"Obviously, that's something that was supposed to happen last year and it didn't. It's more about, you know, one day I would like to fight Jon Jones. I feel like I have unfinished business there. But, I've been 100-percent focused on this fight (Rashad Evans). I'm not really concerned with what happens after."
Perhaps if Henderson had defeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 earlier this year, he would have had a straight shot to Jones. But, the former PRIDE FC champion fell short against "The Dragon" on the judges' scorecards in Anaheim, California.
But not by much.
While a win over "Suga" would get him closer to a potential fight against the 205-pound kingpin, Henderson would likely need a few more wins before he gets a shot at the strap.
At the moment, Alexander Gustafsson seems to be the frontrunner in division title race, and there are plenty of other fighters in his class climbing their way up the ranks, such as Glover Teixeira and the aforementioned Machida.
Anyone out there still interested in seeing a "Hendo" vs. "Bones" match-up?