Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is lining up its Light Heavyweight championship contenders, with the winner of Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson at UFC 175 earning a spot behind Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson.
The juicy nugget was shared on "UFC Tonight" earlier this evening, with the 205-pound match still just requiring signatures to be made official.
Well before "DC" and "Hendo" collide inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 5, 2014, Teixeira will be scratched off that list, depending on whether or not he can "knockout" division champion, Jon Jones, at UFC 172 in Baltimore, Md., on April 26, 2014.
Gustafsson is the man next in line thanks to his big win overJimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 last month combined with his five-round war against "Bones" at UFC 165 in Sept. 2013, which ended in a controversial unanimous decision. "The Mauler," however isn't so confident, especially if Jones wins, because "everyone can see he is trying to avoid the rematch."
That leaves Cormier or Henderson waiting in the wings, possibly until the end of 2014, with the champion having to compete at least twice before a match is realized. One that might irk a few mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, who feel Cormier still needs to do more against stiffer 205-pound competition and Henderson -- who has won just three fights in his four most recent appearances -- doesn't deserve another opportunity after having to pass on one back in 2012 at the infamous UFC 151 that never was.
However it all shakes out in the end, there is a lot that can happen between now and whenever, especially if Teixeira and/or Gustafsson win, which would demand an immediate rematch and/or trilogy match for Jones. In other words, it can mean everything for Cormier or Henderson ... or nothing at all.