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Being Champion Is An Afterthought For Dan Henderson

It wasn’t that long ago that Dan Henderson (29-8) was sitting as the No. 1 contender to the light heavyweight championship. That was in September before he went down with a knee injury that has sidelined him since. Henderson has shown little interest in fighting Jon Jones (17-1) for the title.

“I feel that I’m probably the guy to beat in the weight class,” said Henderson on MMA Junkie Radio. “I know that if I fought Jones, I’d knock him on his a–. But if I don’t get that opportunity, I’m not going to sit and dwell on it and wait for it. I waited last year, and I’m not going to do it this year.”

It was supposed to be Henderson vs. Jones at UFC 151 before the knee injury caused the fight and the entire card to be scrapped. Lyoto Machida (18-3) was then placed to challenge Jones for the second time, but chose not to accept the offer citing more to prepare. Both lost their spot to compete for the gold.

Henderson recently revealed he plans to retire in 2014 and has four fights left in him.

One of those fights will be against Machida on February 23 at UFC 157. That co-main event occurs from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.