The oft rocky relationship between light heavyweight Dan Henderson and UFC President Dana White hit another bump this week as a result of White’s public assertion that “Hendo” had ducked an opportunity to face Lyoto Machida. Henderson, who is considered to be the top contender to the title behind Rashad Evans, has been patiently waiting before making his next move now that Evans is booked for a bout with champ Jon Jones.
In the wake of White’s claims Henderson has now come forward to give his side of the story and, as might be expected, it differs from the outspoken UFC executive’s.
“Was never offered Machida,” Henderson wrote on Twitter earlier today. “And even though he has lost 3 out of his last 4, I’m sure it would be entertaining.”
Machida is coming off a technical submission loss to Jones after having scored a highlight reel knockout of Randy Couture. Prior to the victory he’d dropped back-to-back battles with Mauricio Rua and Quinton Jackson. The three losses are also the only defeats his career.
While Henderson’s statements seemingly leave the door open for a match-up with Machida it’s still too early to tell how things will unfold. “Hendo” has gone on record as having turned down a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira but only because the agreement would have taken place before Evans cemented his title-shot. Likewise, the 41-year old legend has also said he’s open to fighting again now that Evans-Jones is in place.
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MMATraining Take: I wouldn’t be opposed to Henderson vs. Machida except it would put Machida in position to possibly lose four of his last five. With Forrest Griffin seemingly available I don’t know why the UFC doesn’t scrap plans for him to fight Tito Ortiz again and book something fresh with “Hendo”.