When you reach the rare air occupied by mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson, it’s fair to make a few extra demands on your contract and designate which opponents you’d like to face.
After all, Henderson has faced the best of the best consistently for more years than most have been competing professionally, he’s currently hovering near the top of both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions and he’s pushing 42-years-old, so you know he doesn’t have but so much longer in the sport.
It makes sense then, that Hendo would want to take big money fights against big name opponents (preferably champions) and no one can rightfully call him out for waiting around to do so (though he doesn’t have a problem doing as much to an injured Anderson Silva), but that philosophy does mean that Henderson will be on the shelf indefinitely while the title pictures at 185 and 205lbs. get worked out, unless he cares to settle in the meantime.
“He doesn’t want to fight Machida,” UFC president Dana White recently told MMAJunkie of Henderson. “He doesn’t want to wait (either). He’s going to have to wait. Who does he want to fight? I mean, I don’t know what to do with Dan. Dan’s either going to have to wait for Jones and Evans or wait for Silva –- or fight somebody else. It’s pretty simple.”
Henderson last appeared in action putting on a fight of the decade performance against fellow Pride FC veteran Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC 139 back in November.