Dana White may have a hardened exterior but the fist he rules the UFC with is as fair as it is firm. Though the UFC President recently attempted to book iconic veteran Dan Henderson in bouts against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the 41-year old held out in hopes of a title-fight only to see White come around in the end instead of lashing out at his defiance.
White was recently asked by HeavyMMA’s Fight Day if Henderson would receive a crack at the winner of Jon Jones’ upcoming defense of the light heavyweight title against Rashad Evans and, somewhat surprisingly, responded affirmatively.
“Yes, Dan Henderson will get the winner of that fight or the winner of the Anderson Silva fight (vs. Chael Sonnen),” said White. “You know, there was a lot of talk about the stuff I said. Here is the thing. I offered Dan Henderson two fights. Dan Henderson wants this fight. Normally I don’t do that. Guys don’t sit around and wait and pick their fights. There’s been very specific cases where that has happened and it’s guys who have earned it or deserved it. Dan Henderson is one of those guys. Listen, Henderson has been around forever. He is forty-something years old. He has been knocking guys out left and right and if he wants to sit around and wait for this title shot, he can do it.”
For fans who have been living in a cage for the past decade, Henderson is a former Strikeforce and PRIDE champion with a 29-8 record and notable victories over Rua, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Michael Bisping, Rich Franklin, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Fedor Emelianenko. He’s currently on a four-fight winning streak and found success in seven of his last eight outings.
Jones-Evans are set to scrap on April 21 in Atlanta at UFC 145 while Silva-Sonnen fight on June 23 in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 147.
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