Title fight or not, UFC 173's Dan Henderson wants to settle 'unfinished business' with Jon Jones

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But it will be much sweeter, I'm sure, if "Hendo" can earn his first-ever UFC title by defeating "Bones."

Did you hear the one about the canceled UFC 151 event?

If not, here's a quick refresher course:

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, was supposed to defend his title against Dan Henderson in the main event of the pay-per-view (PPV) card on Sept., 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When "Hendo" injured his knee, Jones refused to take on late-replacement candidate, Chael Sonnen, on a few days notice in an attempt to salvage millions of dollars the event.

The rest, as they say, is history, as UFC 151 became the first-ever event that the Las Vegas, Nevada-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion was forced to cancel.

Two years removed from those unfortunate series of events, and Dan Henderson still has his eyes on a fight against "Bones." And he doesn't care if it's for a world title, he just wants to take care of some unfinished business.

"There definitely is -- title or no title -- some unfinished business there and somebody I trained for and was more ready for than any other fight in a long time," Henderson said on the Great MMA Debate podcast (via FOX Sports).

"It didn't ever happen. A little bit disappointed it didn't and I would love to test myself in that way."

Since then, Jones has defended his 205-pound belt four consecutive times, more recently against Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 last month (see full video highlights here).

As for Henderson, he hopes to earn another UFC title shot by defeating Daniel Cormier in the co-main event of this weekend's (Sat., May 24. 2014) UFC 173 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"I deserve that shot because I had it before and just for whatever reason I didn't get to do it because I got hurt," Henderson said. "After my last performance, obviously, the fight against 'DC' and to beat him, it's going to be a huge accomplishment as well and that will pretty much solidify that I deserve that spot."

With a victory over "DC," Henderson assures himself a shot at the division title against Jones. That is, of course, if "Bones" can defeat Alexander Gustafsson for the second time later this year.

But, as Henderson so adamantly stated, he doesn't care if it's for a world title, he just wants a chance to test himself against the young phenom.

Anyone like "Hendo's" chances in that fight?

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