UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson was lined up to collide with champion Jon Jones last year before an injury forced “Hendo” out of the fight. Jones ultimately ended up facing Vitor Belfort and beat him, subsequently being set up for a showdown with Chael Sonnen in April.
With the belt tied up for awhile, Henderson was booked for a bout with Lyoto Machida at UFC 157, meaning a title-shot he was once promised is now in jeopardy of disappearing due to factors beyond his control. As a result, the 42-year old has put the prospect of divisional gold in the back of his mind and is instead focused 100% on his immediate future.
“I don’t know. It seems kind of tough to believe what Dana White says every time now days but we’ll see,” answered Henderson on Inside MMA when asked if he felt a win over Machida would earn him a crack at the championship. “I’m not really worried about it. I’ve got a real tough guy in front of me and I’m gonna need to beat him up first.”
Henderson-Machida are scheduled to serve as the co-headliner on Saturday night’s show. Henderson is currently on a four-fight run including success against Mauricio Rua and Fedor Emelianenko, while the 18-3 Machida was last seen knocking Ryan Bader out at UFC on FOX 4.
The full interview can be seen below where Henderson also discusses the upcoming scrap between Sonnen-Jones:
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