Light heavyweights like Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Rua, and Alexander Gustafsson may have been upset about the UFC’s decision to put the division on hold for a few months while title-holder Jon Jones deals with Chael Sonnen on TUF 17 and eventually inside the Octagon this coming April. However, no man had a better claim to a chance at Jones’ championship than Dan Henderson.
Henderson has come out with his hand in four straight fights including wins over Rafael Cavalcante, Renato Sobral, Fedor Emelianenko, and most recently Rua. He’s also a legitimate legend given his past accomplishments and came into the UFC last year while holding Strikeforce’s light heavyweight belt.
The 42-year old spoke out immediately after the UFC announced Sonnen’s shot at Jones, joking about the need to abandon training for “sh*t-talking school”. Now Henderson is back at it, taking things a step further by saying his Team Quest training partner’s elevation to top contender despite no real success at 205 pounds is a black eye on Mixed Martial Arts as a whole.
“I will always (have) love for Chael and don’t blame him for saying yes to a big opportunity,” began Henderson in a recent message on Twitter before stating, “Giving him that fight now degrades the sport of MMA.”
While he may have an opinion on the much-maligned match-up, “Hendo” did not address his own future. That being said, all signs have indicated he will face Machida in the coming months to establish an opponent for the winner of Jones/Sonnen.
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