Preparation for his UFC 133 rematch with Tito Ortiz has not kept Rashad Evans from looking to future opponents.
Recently, Evans (15-1) was asked about any interest in fighting current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, and free agent, Dan Henderson.
“I’m a big Hendo fan,” said Evans, who will meet Ortiz this Saturday night in Philadelphia. “I picked him (against Fedor Emelianenko) even though I didn’t think he was really going to win, but it was a pleasant surprise. I would love to fight him. He’s getting better and better – not so much learning new techniques, but having a stronger competitive mentality.”
Evans and Henderson are cut from the same cloth, as they both started out as strong wrestlers in MMA before transpiring into elite strikers with deadly knockout potential.
If Evans should get by Ortiz, he is slated to meet the winner of Jon Jones-Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, which takes place later this fall for the light heavyweight title.
Henderson has talked openly about meeting the UFC champion in a title unification bout. Henderson, wearing the Pride FC titles at middleweight and light heavyweight, met Anderson Silva and Jackson in such bouts when the UFC bought out Pride FC.
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz takes place this Saturday, August 6 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to check back on Saturday for FightLine.com’s live coverage of the event.