Henderson, who claimed a victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in late 2011, had hoped to vault into a championship match had Evans lost to Phil Davis in his most recent fight, or fallen victim to an injury. Instead, the former Strikeforce champion will wait and see what the UFC has in store for him.
UFC President Dana White has made it clear that Henderson is a worthy challenger to either the UFC light heavyweight or middleweight belt, but Anderson Silva is also already booked for a rematch with Chael Sonnen. “Hendo” has stated a bout with Silva is the only one he would take at 185 pounds.
“I don’t know what the plan is, but I’d fight whoever it is they think would be a good match up,” said Henderson, in a recent interview with ESPN. “The problem is, there’s really nobody right now who fits the bill for a title contention fight, that would make sense to fight me.”
Henderson added, “Maybe I’d fight at a different weight class. I don’t know if they see anybody at heavyweight that would make sense? But I would prefer to fight someone in April or May.”
In his last fight with Strikeforce, Henderson competed against heavyweight regular Fedor Emelianenko. He added that most of the UFC’s top heavyweights are locked into bouts at the time being, but he’d be open to anything the company asked.
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MMATraining Take: Henderson seems to really want either Jones or Silva, but he also isn’t the type of fighter to wait for over a year. Staying active at his age is a good idea, as Henderson has been a much better fighter when he takes bouts on a regular routine. Which weight he goes to, and who he fights next, though, are unknown at this point.