Mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson returned to the UFC last month after making a four-fight run in Strikeforce which saw him capture the promotion’s light heavyweight title and knocking out Babalu Sobral, Feijao Cavalcante and Fedor Emelianenko in the process.
Back in the UFC, Henderson added to his storied career by putting on a five-round epic against fellow Pride Fighting Championships veteran Mauricio “Shogun” Rua that has been rampantly described as the best fight in MMA history. With that victory and considering his current string of success, Henderson has placed himself very high on the short list of challenger to Jon Jones’ UFC light heavyweight title. That works out, as Hendo recently asserted on the Sherdog Radio Network’s Savage Dog Show that he matches up well with the young and dynamic champion.
“I think I’m a tough fight for anybody,” Henderson said. “If you’re in a fight with me, you’re definitely going to know you’re in a fight. I don’t know if really Jon Jones has felt that too much in his career. I definitely would test that out. I think style-wise I match up real well with him.”
Defeating Jones and earning the UFC light heavyweight title would begin what would very likely be the last chapter in the 41-year-old’s career, as he said that capturing the 205-pound belt is one of his final goals.
“That’s pretty much one of the last things I’ve got on my list for my career, to get a UFC title and keep it for a little while,” he said.
Hendo last appeared in action at UFC 139, where he met Shogun, which took place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.