Dan Henderson hasn’t appeared in the cage since last November at UFC 139, where he battled his fellow PRIDE veteran Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in one of the best fights in MMA history.
Taking a decision in a very close fight, Hendo has been on the sidelines since, presumably to wait for either UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva or UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones to have an opening. With both Silva and Jones tied up, the UFC has tried to get Hendo into the cage with someone else to no avail.
In addition to a proposed bout against another PRIDE veteran in Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (who owns a submission victory over Hendo dating back to 2005) which was reportedly denied by the 41-year-old, UFC president Dana White revealed to Mauro Ranallo via The Score that Henderson denied a rematch against Shogun.
I was trying to put together Dan Henderson vs. Shogun II (for UFC 149) and Henderson doesn’t want to do the fight. Henderson wants to wait for the winner of either Jonny “Bones” Jones or Anderson Silva. He wants Anderson Silva, if Silva wins, he’ll make that cut. Otherwise, he wants to fight the winner of Rashad and Jones.
Stopping short of outright denying it, Henderson coyly challenged White’s statement via Twitter.
If dana said it then out must be true. Lol..
If Henderson is waiting for Jones or Silva, the latter won’t be available until after June, while the former should be ready to go sometime after this April — presuming that both men hold onto their belts.