Dan Henderson just keeps losing out on title fights left and right. Less than three weeks after UFC President Dana White professed Henderson would earn next dibs at the light heavyweight hardware if he defeats Lyoto Machida at UFC 157, White has abruptly changed course by stating Alexander Gustafsson (Pictured) is now in the driver’s seat.
“This is a big fight for [Gustafsson and Gegard Mousasi],” White stated following Wednesday’s press conference in England. “If Mousasi beats Gustafsson, he skyrockets right to the top of that division. As far as Gustafsson goes, if he beats Mousasi in that fight, he’s in line for a title shot.”
White initially took his infamous “we’ll see what happens” approach with the Gustafsson vs. Mousasi matchup. He claimed if the victor of their April 6th shootout posted a more devastating win than a victorious Machida, he would leapfrog the Brazilian and get next crack at the crown.
Henderson missed out on his first opportunity to fight for the 205-pound throne when he was forced out of UFC 151 after tearing his knee. The clock is certainly ticking for the 42-year-old to finally get his chance.
Today’s news must be a tough pill for Machida to swallow, as well. White dubbed him the division’s top contender in August after putting Ryan Bader to sleep, but it appears “The Dragon” lost his place in line after declining a last-minute scrap against reigning champ Jon Jones at UFC 152.
FYI – Jones is currently an astronomical 10-to-1 favorite to steamroll Chael Sonnen at UFC 159.