Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson, who defeated Fedor Emelianenko last Saturday night, is currently a free agent. He has stated many times his desire to defend the crown – which he has not done since winning it from Rafael Cavalcante in March.
Henderson recently admitted that if it were up to him, his next fight would be inside the Octagon in a unification bout with his Strikeforce light heavyweight championship on the line against the UFC’s title-holder.
UFC President Dana White stated after today’s UFC 133 pre-fight press conference that he would consider bringing back the former top UFC middleweight and light-heavyweight contender.
“We’ll see what happens,” said White. “‘Hendo’ and I have had some history in dealings. We’ll see if we can figure something out and get him back in the UFC.”
Henderson last fought for the UFC in July of 2009, scoring a highlight-reel knockout victory over Michael Bisping. The former PRIDE middleweight and welterweight champion has since gone 3-1 in Strikeforce, currently riding a three-fight win streak after dropping a unanimous decision in his Strikeforce debut to then-middleweight champion Jake Shields.
Thanks to Dana Becker for contributing to this article.