Can you blame 41 year old Dan Henderson for being selective in his choice of opponents these days, as a title shot hangs on the horizon. Yesterday it was tweeted by Ariel Helwani that White had told him that Henderson turned down the fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in Sweden. Henderson has now came out and explain why he was not interested in battling his former Pride FC rival again.
I was under the impression that [Dana White] was still kinda on the fence on whether he was gonna put me in front of Rashad (Evans) or not. That’s assuming Rashad wins. He did offer me a fight with little Nogueira and I didn’t think the fans would be interested in that fight and it’s not as much time as I’d like to prepare for a five round fight so I told him I’d wait and see what happens with the Rashad fight. I’d like to fight Jones now rather than if I took that fight with Little Nog. I wouldn’t be fighting Jones for another eight, ninth months. I’m okay waiting a little bit. It was more about having the time to prepare and I did inquire to say hey, I would be interested in doing it if it was a three round fight, I could have time to prepare.”
The UFC light heavyweight champ, Jon Jones has expressed a desire to get into the cage again as soon as possible. Should Rashad Evans lose to Phil Davis at UFC on Fox 2, Jan. 28, Henderson will be the top contender for the LHW belt said UFC president Dana White .