CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPWINDOWS APPRSS
NEW FORUM

GOT THE MMATORCH APP YET?
iPhone & iPad
Android
Kindle Fire
Windows Phone
MMATORCH IPHONE APP

MMATORCH

All the MMA News • Plus Intelligent, Brilliant, Addictive Points of View!
Independently Covering MMA Since 1993 • No Big Corporate Bosses

UFC
Dan Henderson wants to fight in April or May, not wait for UFC 145's Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans winner
Feb 9, 2012 - 6:35:26 PM
Dan Henderson wants to fight in April or May, not wait for UFC 145's Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans winner
DISCUSS ALL THIS IN OUR NEW MMATORCH FORUM
...OH, ONE MORE THING - PLEASE BOOKMARK US & VISIT DAILY!



By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

HendersonDam_180_9.jpg
Rashad Evans defeated Phil Davis last month at UFC on Fox 2 to secure his fight with Jon Jones this April for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. That win moved him ahead of the other potential challenger in Dan Henderson, and UFC President Dana White said last week that Henderson was going to wait for the winner of that bout instead of taking a fight in between.

However, Henderson now says that's not the case, and he is hoping to get a fight lined up in the spring.

"That was never what I said or anything,” Henderson said in an interview with ESPN.com. "I don't know who said that, but it wasn't me. My thoughts were I was waiting to see what happened with Rashad [Evans] and Phil Davis. That was the only thing I was going to wait for."

Henderson said he's prepared to be on call should either Evans or Jones get hurt before their UFC 145 matchup in Atlanta, but if he's not needed there he'd like to fight someone else.

"Obviously you can't guarantee that nobody gets hurt," Henderson says. “I don't know what the plan is, but I'd fight whoever it is they think would be a good match-up. The problem is there's really nobody right now who fits the bill for a title contention fight, that would make sense to fight me. I don't know. Maybe I'd fight at a different weight class. I don't know if they see anybody at heavyweight that would make sense? But I would prefer to fight someone in April or May."

While heavyweight remains a potential, though unlikely, option, Henderson did say he'd be willing to potentially take on a rematch with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson should "Rampage" defeat Ryan Bader later this month in Japan.

"I would entertain that fight, sure; it's a big fight," he says. "I mean, that's only one win he'd be coming off of. But again, it depends on the circumstances and I don't know what they're talking about in terms of the turnaround after Jones-Evans. Still, the Quinton Jackson-Bader fight is two months before Jones-Evans."

Penick's Analysis: A rematch with "Rampage" would be a fantastic fight for Henderson, as their first bout (which he lost) is still one of the more forgotten and under-appreciated classic bouts in UFC history. However, failing that, he may be better off just waiting for the Jones-Evans winner later in the year for his title fight. Almost any opponent he could be matched up with would be a step backward from the "Shogun" fight and the run he's been on, so holding onto his slot and taking the title fight when it's available would make the most sense. If he wants to stay busy simply to stay busy and collect a paycheck, though, that would be his choice.

[Dan Henderson art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]


DON'T GO YET... WE SUGGEST THESE MMATORCH ARTICLES, TOO!
UFC opts to rescind Cung Le's 12-month suspension following new "medical advice" given regarding elevated HGH result
Quick Pic: Georges St-Pierre returns to training after getting cleared following knee surgery
Anderson Silva blames failure to evolve in MMA on Brazilians losing UFC titles in recent years

comments powered by Disqus
HERE ARE EVEN MORE ARTICLES THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU

SELECT ARTICLES BY CATEGORY
SEARCH MMATORCH BY KEYWORD


MMATORCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF UPCOMING MMA EVENTS
CLICK TO SEE A UFC VIDEO BELOW

ARTICLES OF INTEREST ELSEWHERE
MMATORCH POLL - VOTE NOW!

Will you be watching UFC 179 "Aldo vs. Mendes II" on Saturday night on pay-per-view?
 
pollcode.com free polls

What do you think about Renan Barao drawing Mitch Gagnon for his return bout this December?
 
pollcode.com free polls

Who will be the UFC Featherweight Champion come October 2015?
 
pollcode.com free polls

VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

MMATORCH WEEKLY LIVECAST
Listen to the weekly MMATORCH LIVECAST on Blog Talk Radio


MMATORCH STAFF

EDITORS:

Wade Keller, supervising editor
(mmatorch@gmail.com)

Jamie Penick, editor-in-chief
(mmatorcheditor@gmail.com)

STAFF COLUMNISTS:

Shawn Ennis - Jason Amadi
Frank Hyden - Rich Hansen
Chris Park - Matt Pelkey


Interested in joining MMATorch's writing team? Send idea for a theme to your column (for Specialist section) or area of interest (i.e. TV Reporter) along with a sample of writing to mmatorch@gmail.com.

MORE MMA SITES
CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPWINDOWS APPRSS
THE TORCH: #1 IN COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE | © 1999-2013 TDH Communications Inc. • All rights reserved -- PRIVACY POLICY