Jon Jones’ next opponent: Dan Henderson

Maggie Hendricks

After Jon Jones defended the UFC light heavyweight belt with a win over Rashad Evans, questions immediately turned to his next opponent. At Saturday's post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed Dan Henderson would get the next shot at trying to unseat Jones.

This title shot comes after Henderson had a banner year in 2011. He won the Strikeforce light heavyweight belt, beat MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, then returned to the UFC with a win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a fight that's considered one of the best of all time.

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It will be Henderson's third chance to win the UFC belt. After winning titles in Pride, Henderson lost UFC title shots to Anderson Silva at middleweight and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at light heavyweight. Back in 1998, Henderson won the UFC middleweight tournament at UFC 17, but that is the only UFC title he's won in his 15-year MMA career.

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Though White didn't nail down a date for the Jones-Henderson bout, UFC 149 in Calgary was mentioned as a possibility.

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