Dan Henderson will be hanging on for a title shot.
The former Pride FC champion has not fought since taking a win over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 139, despite constant rumours that he could be the next challenger for either Jon Jones or Anderson Silva.
But Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen respectively put paid to those fights by earning wins that put themselves into contendership. Henderson has since told the UFC that he will be sitting on the bench until such time as a title shot in either the light-heavyweight or middleweight division is available.
“He wants a title fight. He either wants Anderson Silva or whoever has the belt at 185 or the winner of Evans and Jones. Last time I talked to Henderson, he wanted to wait to fight one of these guys for the title,” UFC president Dana White said this week.
Interestingly, White also believes that Henderson would be open to fighting his former training partner and Team Quest colleague Chael Sonnen should the Oregon man be successful in his attempt to take the middleweight title from Anderson Silva.
“Dan doesn’t seem too picky, I think he would fight Chael Sonnen,” he mused. At 41 years old, Henderson is in the twilight of his career and is probably on the cusp of what would be his last ever chance to win a UFC title.