Source: MMA Fighting
Three months ago, Dan Henderson was sitting pretty with a title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 151. Then two weeks before his fight, Henderson pulled out with a knee injury which ends up cancelling the card when Jones turned down a short notice fight with Henderson’s friend Chael Sonnen.
Strangely enough, it was Sonnen who got the coaching nod against Jones when–in all honesty–it should have been given to Henderson. Both Henderson and Jones were hurt and would have been on the mend while taping TUF 17. The reality would have given both men a fair advantage in healing time and Henderson legitimately has a claim to the title shot.
But like with all things, MMA is also a business. Sonnen was needed to save TUF and its ratings. Its a smart move for the UFC. Henderson, though, believes its a bad move for the sport. Remember though, the UFC is a business first and foremost. So that leaves Henderson to take a title eliminator fight against Lyoto Machida early next year.
According to Henderson, the fight could be the main event on the UFC’s annual Super Bowl card which takes place February 2. There is no official word yet from the UFC which seems strange considering both men are expecting to face each other. Henderson did reveal his knee is still not 100% which could be holding up the announcement.