Dan Henderson has his sights set on competing for the UFC light heavyweight championship. That’s what brought Henderson back to the UFC, and it’s what has kept him on the sidelines since a win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in 2011.
Jon Jones, the current UFC 205-pound champion, will defend his title against Rashad Evans later this month. If everything goes well there, Henderson wants to fight the winner as soon as possible.
However, as he told MMAWeekly.com in a recent interview, that doesn’t mean he isn’t open to a match with former opponent Anderson Silva down the road. Silva has a bout with Chael Sonnen for his UFC middleweight title set for later this year.
“I don’t really want to fight 185 unless I’m fighting Anderson Silva,” Henderson said. “I don’t want to wait much longer, so I’d probably have to fight somebody else (if the Jones-Evans winner is injured and forced to the sidelines).”
Henderson earned his No. 1 contender status with a decision victory over Rua in what many called the 2011 Fight of the Year. UFC president Dana White let Henderson decide which title he wanted to cash in against, and it appears as if Henderson has made his decision.