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Dan Henderson May Be Next Contender To Jon Jones’ UFC Title

UFC president Dana White told ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas recently that UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones doesn’t want to wait as originally planned to get back inside the Octagon. That might mean a Jones-Dan Henderson fight is in the works.

“He said he wanted to take some time off (but) he called about four days ago and said, ‘OK, let’s go…let’s get back to work. I’m ready to get production again,'” said White (thanks to for transcribing). “He wants to fight as soon as possible. We’ve got to see how this thing plays out but what could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first.”

The likely spot for Jones-Henderson would be UFC 145 on March 24, as the Montreal card is without a main event yet. If the bout is signed, that would mean Henderson jumps past Rashad Evans for a title shot.

Evans, who has been waiting to cash in his No. 1 contender slip for over a year now, is scheduled to face Phil Davis at UFC on FOX 2 later this month.

“I think we have a ton of guys,” White said. “It’s not like everything depends on one guy or two guys. The great thing about us is we’ve got 10 or 15 guys so it’s never like we have to depend on one person.”