Over four months have gone by since Dan Henderson was choked out by Daniel Cormier at UFC 173, and the 44 year-old legend is reportedly mapping out a timeline for his return.
Following Henderson’s loss to Cormier, which was his fourth in five fights, the former PRIDE champ made it clear he wasn’t ready to hang up the gloves just yet. While it remains to be seen when “Hendo” will fight next, the vet’s relayed to MMA Fighting.com that he’s in talks about fighting on January 3rd. That’s the day UFC 182 will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada, which will feature light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones taking on Daniel Cormier.
Henderson was also asked whether he’d intends to fight at 205 or 185, and the noted wrestler reportedly answered “doesn’t matter.”
One would think that if Henderson can make 185 without too much difficulty, it might be time to revisit the middleweight division. Although Henderson’s been fighting top tier light-heavyweights, like Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Cormier, the only man he’s defeated since 2011 is “Shogun” Rua (who was winning their March, 2014 rematch until the “H-Bomb” caught him flush).
Whoever Henderson faces, it should be an intriguing addition to UFC 182, if in fact, that’s when the fight gets booked.