When it was announced that longtime top contender Rashad Evans would be facing Phil Davis this coming January at UFC on Fox 2, it was widely assumed that the winner would be awarded the next shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Jonny “Bones” Jones.
Turns out, that’s not exactly the case, as UFC president Dana White was asked last week at the UFC 140 pre-fight presser if Dan Henderson or Rashad Evans would be the next to face Jones, his answer giving the impression that Phil Davis won’t be getting the shot, win or lose.
“The Fox fight in January will be Evans versus Davis and if Evans wins that fight, Evans will get the next shot at the title,” said White. “If he doesn’t, then, you know, we’ll see.”
This, of course, seems to imply that Dan Henderson would be the likely next candidate to take on Jones should Davis best Evans in January. Hendo has been actively campaigning to face the young champion and reiterated his stance following Jones’ dominant victory over former champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida this weekend at UFC 140.
“Congrats to @jonnybones — great win,” Henderson posted to his Twitter account. “Hey @danawhite, I’d like to see if his chin is as good as he thinks & I’m ready to go.”
Henderson last appeared in action at UFC 139 on November 19, defeating fellow Pride FC vet Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in what many are calling the greatest fight in MMA history.