Dan Henderson Next for UFC Champ Jon Jones

Written by Tom Ngo
April 21st, 2012

UFC Light Heavyweight Dan Henderson

The sweat had barely dried off Jon Jones’ forehead on Saturday night, yet that didn’t stop UFC president Dana White from announcing the light heavyweight champion’s next assignment. As expected, former Strikeforce champ Dan Henderson will have next dibs at “Bones'” belt.

“Yeah, we told Dan he’d get the winner of this fight,” White stated at the UFC 145 post-fight press conference.

Henderson earned his shot at the throne after his instant classic victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139. The November contest marked the 41-year-old’s fourth consecutive W.

There was some early chatter that Henderson might drop to middleweight and challenge Anderson Silva for his crown, but Henderson made it clear that shedding 20 pounds at this stage in his illustrious career was not at the top of his to do list.

Jones, meanwhile, is perfect through his past seven outings. Last night’s lopsided win over bitter rival Rashad Evans marked his fourth straight over a prior UFC title holder.

White did not report when the light heavyweight shootout might take place. However, Jones previously professed he wanted to top last year’s torrid 5-0 run. Considering his win over Evans was his first in 2012, fans can expect for him to make a quick comeback.

Hendo has also been riding the pine since November and isn’t getting any younger, so expect for him to be pushing for the fight to go down sooner rather than later.

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