As expected, vacating Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson (29-8-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has been given the green light for the next title shot against Jon ‘Bones’ Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), following a five round decision victory for Jones over Rashad Evans in Atlanta, Georgia.
“We told Dan Henderson he would fight the winner of this fight, yes,” said White at the UFC 145 press conference.
No date or venue has been defined at this time.
Jon Jones was quick to express that the challenge was one he looked forward to.
“I feel great that I already have a mission, and I’m going to work to better myself,” Jones said. “Dan Henderson is a great opponent. He’s a winner, and he has a huge fan base. … He has extreme knockout power, and I’m excited to conquer.”
His challenger, Henderson also feels that the match-up favors him as he was quoted telling MMAJunkie radio that he actually preferred the Jones match.
“I think I match up better with Jones,” Henderson said. “Jones will stand up with me a little bit. He doesn’t take as many shots from the outside that Rashad does. Rashad will be trying to put me on my back a little bit. Rashad would stand with me as well, but he doesn’t forget that he’s a wrestler.”
Henderson will be looking to continue his success against top opponents Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, Fedor Emelianenko and former strikeforce champ Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante.