If it were up to Dan Henderson, his next fight inside the Octagon would be a unification bout with his Strikeforce light heavyweight championship on the line against the UFC’s title-holder.
Henderson, who defeated Fedor Emelianenko last Saturday night, is currently a free agent that holds the Strikeforce title. He has stated many times his desire to defend the crown – which he has not done since winning it from Rafael Cavalcante in March.
Now, Henderson (28-8) plans on sitting back, listening to offers and seeing who comes out victorious when Jon Jones defends his UFC gold against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in September.
“I think that could be interesting going forward, a unification fight with the winner of that contest would be a good match,” Henderson told The Daily Telegraph.
Unifying titles is nothing new to Henderson, as he was pitted against Jackson and Anderson Silva in bouts to determine the true champion when the UFC purchased Pride FC and all of its assets back in 2007 and 2008.
Henderson lost to Jackson by unanimous decision at light heavyweight, and dropped a contest to Silva after getting caught in a rear-naked choke.
For Henderson, this is a perfect time to be working on a new contract, as the 40-year-old continues to defy logic and age.
“I’m the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, I’ve beaten Fedor, and I’m unemployed, so we’ll have to see what the talks are now after I’ve had a few weeks off,” Henderson said. “It’s not a bad position to be in though.”
Since dropping those back-to-back bouts to Jackson and Silva, Henderson has lost just once, falling to Jake Shields in a match up for the middleweight title in Strikeforce.