What does three straight losses, then two consecutive victories get you? If you’re UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson (pictured), a title shot.
On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was confirmed Henderson will battle Daniel Cormier at UFC 175. However, that’s old news that hit the rumor mill two days ago.
What’s new, and fairly surprising, is that the winner of the tango gets next dibs at the 205-pound crown behind top contender Alexander Gustafsson.
Cormier and his perfect 14-0 résumé were quickly closing in on a championship affair, so that’s no shock. Henderson, on the other hand, collected just his first win since November 2011 last month by beating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Hendo lost to Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida prior to posting the much-needed W.
Apparently, UFC brass believe strength of schedule, a dramatic come-from-behind TKO over a former champion and handing Cormier his first professional blemish warrant next-next in line status.
Reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones defends his throne against Glover Teixeira later this month at UFC 172. Gustafsson gets the winner, then Cormier or Henderson after that.