Dan Henderson releases a statement on why he turned down a rematch with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira,
“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.”
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will now take on Swedish fighter Alexander Gustafsson in April.
Hendo wants big fights and a champ vs. champ with Jon Jones is just that fight.
What do you think, how would Hendo do against Jon Jones? Assuming Rashad Evans defeats Phil Davis, would it be fair for the UFC leap frog Henderson ahead of him to take on Jones?