Ed Soares, the manager to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, told Fight Hype in an interview recently that the UFC did propose a bout with Dan Henderson.
Silva, though, felt like his shoulder injury was too bad for him to take the fight on short notice, so he was unable to accept.
Henderson, who just signed back with the UFC and will meet Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139, had said in previous interviews that he believed “The Spider” was afraid to face him again.
“They mentioned it to us. Anderson had a shoulder problem that he actually injured a few weeks before the Okami fight. He wasn’t able to take the fight (with Henderson) as quick as they would have liked him to,” Soares said. “At this point, he’s 36, about to be 37, so he has to make sure to nurture those injuries, and in order to keep putting on these types of performances, he has to make sure he is 100 percent every time he goes in there.”
It is believed that the Henderson-Silva contest would have been slated for the UFC on FOX 1 show. Instead, that event will feature a UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.
UFC President Dana White has made mention of the Henderson-Rua winner being the next contender to the 205-pound title after Rashad Evans gets his shot so a Henderson-Silva fight is probably not in the cards for either of them any time soon.