12 angry men?
That's how many middleweight contenders are ahead of Dan Henderson in the 185-pound title chase (full list here), which as incredible as it may sound, may not be enough to dissuade UFC President Dana White from giving "Hendo" next crack at the division crown.
Sure, the former PRIDE champion turns 46 in August, and has not won back-to-back fights in nearly five years, but as White told UFC Unfiltered with Matt Serra and Jim Norton, most of the eligible candidates are injured, coming off a loss, or previously booked.
Transcribed by MMA Junkie:
"I know a lot of people want to see that fight, but there's so many guys that we would have to jump over to do that fight. But most of them are hurt. ‘Jacare' is hurt, Weidman's hurt, Rockhold just lost. So I wouldn't rule it out. He's saying win, lose or draw, if he fought Bisping in a title fight he would retire. But if wins the belt I highly doubt he would retire. I don't know, it's a tough one. I've questioned over the last year whether Henderson should still be fighting at 45, but it's hard to deny the guy when he's taking people out the way that he is."
Henderson, who squashed Hector Lombard earlier this month in Los Angeles, destroyed Bisping by way of thunderous knockout way back in 2009.
Working in his favor is the fact that "The Count" -- now ruler of the 185-pound roost after knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 -- is not opposed to the potential rematch, especially if it was held overseas. Then again, we recently welcomed this new variable into the equation.
As a fan, which fight is your first choice?