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Coach says Dan Henderson expecting immediate title shot upon UFC return from injury

Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting
Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting

Dan Henderson vs. Jon Jones may happen after all.

"Hendo" was expected to challenge "Bones" for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title at the UFC 151 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sept. 1, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which was recently canceled when the former PRIDE slugger blew out his MCL in training camp.

Without a viable replacement not named Chael Sonnen, UFC President Dana White threw in the towel.

Jones will now move on to the UFC 152 card scheduled for Sept. 22 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he'll face off against middleweight "Phenom" Vitor Belfort, who stepped up to challenge the champ after Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua declined the offer.

The winner could be facing an "H-bomb," according to comments made by Henderson's coach Daniel Woirin (via Fighters Only), which you can view after the jump.

"Dan Henderson got hurt three weeks ago during sparring when he went to defend a takedown and for a while he has to be away from training, for two to three weeks. It was very difficult for him to refuse the fight. All the team had to convince him not to do it. We did a final sparring yesterday to evaluate his condition and he really didn't have the chance to fight with Jones. His fight has been called off and when he bounces back, he will be able to dispute the belt."

It's all in the timing.

Henderson is not expected to undergo surgery for his untimely knee injury and from a planning perspective, he could be right in line with the winner of Jones vs. Belfort, as it pertains to time spent away from the Octagon. So, anyone think Jones is going to get that shot at "Hendo?"

The oddsmakers certainly do.

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