MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contender Dan Henderson prefers to challenge the winner of the upcoming light heavyweight title bout between defending champion Jon “Bones” Jones and former champion “Sugar” Rashad Evans.
Henderson was promised a title shot after winning a grueling five-round classic against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last year and can choose between challenging for the light heavyweight or the middleweight championship.
The heavy-handed Henderson has fought in both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions, but he told MMA Mania that he is more eager to fight the winner of the UFC 145 main event between Jones and Evans.
“The 205 (pound) belt, the light heavyweight belt,” Henderson said. “I’m not real worried about it, but right now I’d like to fight at 205.”
“I’m not real keen on fighting at 185 (pounds), but it’s still a possibility. I’m not ruling it out,” he added.
Henderson said he was more interested in challenging for the light heavyweight belt since he has never won it before.
“Both (Evans and Jones) are tough and have been around for a little while, but for me, the bigger thing is getting thtat UFC belt,” he said.
“That would be the motivation and it would definitely be a good sense of accomplishment.”
Henderson has already fought for the UFC’s middleweight championship once, losing to Anderson Silva via submission at UFC 82.
“I fought (Silva) and lost a while back, and if it happens, it happens. I’m not in need of a rematch just to redeem myself. I know what I’m capable of, and it would be nice to fight when I’m having a good day and not a bad day. But if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen,” he said.
Henderson is a former Pride Middleweight and Welterweight champion as well as former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.