Dan Henderson Notifies UFC of Heavyweight Hankering

Written by Tom Ngo
February 10th, 2012

Dan Henderson UFC Strikeforce

Dan Henderson (Pictured) ended his 28-month Octagon hiatus in thrilling fashion with his instant classic against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139. Following November’s unanimous decision victory, Henderson was hoping for an immediate shot at Jon Jones’ light heavyweight crown.

Unfortunately for Hendo, Rashad Evans cemented his top contender status last month leaving Henderson to play the waiting game. However, the 41-year-old has no intention of riding the pine forever and is willing to hop divisions if a blockbuster bout presents itself.

“I don’t know what the plan is, but I’d fight whoever it is they think would be a good match-up [at 205 pounds],” Henderson told ESPN.com. “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.”

Prior to beating Shogun, Henderson knocked out Fedor Emelianenko in his final fight under Strikeforce’s banner. Although the shootout was a heavyweight affair, Henderson weighed in at only 207 pounds.

If he does decide to temporarily swap weight classes, Henderson is unsure which 265-pounder he’d like to meet.

“I’d have to think about that,” Henderson said. “I don’t know who at heavyweight would even make sense. The heavyweights that are in title contention right now wouldn’t want to fight me. I don’t know who is out there, but I did let the UFC know I’d be open to that as well.”

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