Dan Henderson will be Jon Jones’ next challenger.
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the veteran fighter will be the next person to try and take the crown from the seemingly unbeatable Jones, who shut Rashad Evans out in last night’s main event to mark his fourth successful title defence.
“We told Dan Henderson that he would fight the winner of this fight,” White told the post-UFC 145 press conference. Jones was present for the conference and seemed unperturbed at the thought of facing the former Pride champion.
I feel great that I already have a mission and I am going to work hard to better myself. Dan Henderson is an awesome opponent, he is a winner,” the light-heavyweight champion smiled.
“It's just going to be a lot of things to conquer in this fight. He has extreme knockout power. I don’t know who hits heavier between him and Rampage but I am excited to conquer [him].”
Henderson has been holding out for a title shot ever since he returned to the UFC following a sojourn in Strikeforce, where he was able to capture the light-heavyweight title in his third fight for the promotion.
He then followed that with a fight at heavyweight, taking on fellow former Pride FC champion Fedor Emelianenko and stopping him in the first round.
Zuffa then bought Strikeforce and Henderson returned to the UFC with a Fight of the Year candidate against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in November last year.
Henderson has since steadfastly refused to take any other fights, instead forcing the UFC to abide by a promise of a title shot that was actually made prior to his return to the organisation.