For Dan Henderson, the time to stop moving from weight class to weight class has come. Unless, a fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is placed back on the table.
“Hendo” has been a factor in both the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions for the majority of his career. He will make his UFC return in November when he meets Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a bout that is likely to determine the next 205-pound contender.
Henderson, however, still has aspirations of avenging a loss to “The Spider” from 2008 in a contest that unified the UFC middleweight and PRIDE welterweight titles.
“I prefer to fight light heavyweight. I’m not fond of cutting weight anymore. There’s only one fight that I’d probably fight at 185, and he won’t fight right now I guess. That’s Anderson,” said Henderson, earlier this week at a pre-fight press conference. “That’s the fight we originally talked about.”
Henderson, who was the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, had his contract expire with the promotion and was pushing hard for a rematch with Silva upon returning to the UFC. However, Silva is nursing a shoulder injury and will be on the sidelines for an extended period.
UFC President Dana White said that a match-up between Henderson and Silva is possible down the road if everything works out.
UFC 139 takes place on November 19 from San Jose, California.