Dan Henderson is getting the next shot at UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ title. UFC president Dana White confirmed the plans after UFC 145 event, where Jones scored a decision over Rashad Evans for his third consecutive title defense. No date has been determined for the upcoming Jones vs. Henderson title fight.
“We told Dan Henderson he would fight the winner of this fight, yes,” White said.
“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.”
“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.”
Henderson is on a 7-1 run that includes fights at middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. The heavyweight win came over Fedor Emelianenko under the Strikeforce banner. Henderson scored a knockout win against the Russian then signed with the UFC and topped light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in a “Fight of the Year” performance at UFC 139.