It appears that the light heavyweight number one contenders match between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis scheduled for the UFC on FOX 2 event in Chicago may only be a number one contender fight for one man.
During the press conference for UFC 140 today, a fan closed it with a question, "Who will get the next shot at the light heavyweight title, the winner of Evans vs. Davis or Dan Henderson?
"The FOX fight, in January will be Evans versus Davis and if Evans wins that fight, Evans will get the next shot at the title. If he doesn't, then, you know, we'll see. "
We'll see, indeed.
MMA is a very fickle business. What's there one day may not be there the next. Ask Jon Fitch and the two or three title shots he was supposed to earn in the last few years.
With that simple two word statement, White has blown open the doors for Dan Henderson to potentially usurp the next title shot at 205 pounds. That is, if Evans were to lose to the upset-minded Phil Davis this upcoming January.
"Hendo" has done more than enough to earn his shot as well.
Dan Henderson is coming off perhaps one of the most impressive one year runs of all time. He destroyed Ranatu Sobral last December, won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title with a knockout of Rafael Cavalcante in March and then followed it up with a first round stoppage of legendary Fedor Emelianenko at heavyweight this past July.
To top it off? Oh, he only went out and had what many consider to be the greatest fight in UFC history, earning a unanimous decision against Mauricio Rua just a few short weeks ago in the main event of UFC 139.
At 41 years old, Henderson's age must be taken into consideration. There's not nearly as lengthy of a window for him to be a relevant title contender as Davis. If there ever was a time for him to earn his shot, it's now.
Lastly, one must not forget that the UFC is a business which runs on a pay-per-view model. Unless Phil Davis knocks Rashad Evans out with a flying, spinning axe kick, he's not going to have the drawing power of Henderson, at least not yet.
Of course, this speculation could all be for naught if Evans goes out and defeats Davis as expected.
What say you, Maniacs?
If Phil Davis upsets Rashad Evans in January, who would you rather see challenge for the belt?