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.