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It made sense for me to fight Jon Jones first - Henderson

ESPN staff
March 23, 2012

Dan Henderson has clarified exactly where he stands with regards to his next fight, amidst endless rumours that he has turned down multiple opponents.

Henderson has rejected one fight, against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but it has also been claimed that he flat-lined offers to take on Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Shogun Rua - the latter of which would have been a rematch.

UFC president Dana White recently said: "Yeah, I was trying to put together Dan Henderson vs Shogun II and Henderson doesn't want to do the fight. Henderson wants to wait for the winner of either Jonny Jones or Anderson Silva. He wants Anderson Silva, if Silva wins [against Chael Sonnen], he will make that cut. Otherwise, he wants to fight the winner of Rashad [Evans] and Jones."

The truth is Henderson believes he should have been handed the next crack at light-heavyweight champion Jones following his Fight of the Year win over Shogun. The fact that the UFC gave the fight to Evans simply means he has to wait for the winner of that fight.

"I guess Dana promised Rashad he was next for the title shot," Henderson told ESPN. "But timing wise, it would have been better for me to fight Jones, and then have Rashad fight the winner.

"That would have been better than having Rashad come right back after fighting Phil Davis, and it's probably going to be pushed again if Rashad wins because he's going to have to fight me pretty quickly as well.

"Dana hasn't publicly stated that I'm next but that's the word. We'll see."

Henderson's name has endlessly been bandied about in connection with other rivals, as well as a proposed move to middleweight. There is no complication around the issue as far as Hendo is concerned though, who insists he is in a queue, and only one man is ahead of him.

"The only fight that makes sense is a title shot, I was hoping to jump the line in front of Rashad, but I've got to wait until Rashad fights Jon Jones and then I'll fight the winner."

Henderson is one of many UFC stars to be attending The MMA Show Live on May 12/13 at the NEC in Birmingham, a ground-breaking event featuring more top level MMA fighters than any other show of its kind in Europe. The interactive expo has sold over 14,000 tickets already, with 30,000 fans expected across the whole weekend.

Tickets for The MMA Show Live are priced from £20 and available from www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338. For more information visit www.themmashowlive.com

For more on Dan, go to his personal website or clinchgear.com

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