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Dan Henderson-Lyoto Machida Winner The Next Contender, Says Dana White

UFC president Dana White laid it on the line Thursday, making it known that the winner of Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida would become the No. 1 contender to the UFC light heavyweight title.

The two meet in the co-main event of UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche from Anaheim. FightLine will have complete coverage of the entire card, including post-fight reactions from the fighters.

White, however, also cleared up any confusion around Alexander Gustafsson, who was pegged as the top contender after his recent win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. He returns to action later this year vs. Gegard Mousasi.

“One of them could wind up hurt,” White said. “You just never know what’s going to happen.”

Machida (18-3) is a former UFC light heavyweight champion who turned down a rematch with Jon Jones for the belt last year. Henderson (29-8) missed out on his title shot after suffering a knee injury just weeks before the planned fight with “Bones.”

Jones faces Chael Sonnen at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen in April, the same month Gustafsson battles Mousasi in Sweden.