4 Fighters Dan Henderson Could Face to Remain in Title Contention

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIJanuary 12, 2012

4 Fighters Dan Henderson Could Face to Remain in Title Contention

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    Although Dana White recently stated Rashad Evans would get a title shot with a win over Phil Davis, one man who is not far behind is Dan Henderson

    Henderson has won his last four fights, which includes victories over Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. 

    Henderson is one of the most accomplished fighters in MMA history winning titles in Pride and Strikeforce. 

    Although he has a UFC Tournament victory to his credit, Henderson is 0-2 in UFC title matches. 

    Henderson is currently without an opponent, but is looking to remain in title contention. 

    Here is a list of fights he could take to do just that. 

Lyoto Machida

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    Lyoto Machida is coming off of a UFC 140 loss to Jon Jones. 

    Although he lost the bout by submission, Machida was arguably the toughest person Jones has ever faced. 

    A win over Henderson could get Machida back on track. 

    However, a win for Henderson gives him a victory over arguably one of the most difficult fighters in the UFC today. 

Thiago Silva

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    The last time we saw Thiago Silva, he was slapping around Brandon Vera and breaking his nose. 

    After it was revealed that he failed his drug test prior to that fight, Silva was suspended for a year. 

    Silva has since served his suspension and could be set to return to the octagon soon. 

    Henderson vs. Silva would be a great fight for the fans and another tough challenge for Henderson. 

Stephan Bonnar

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    Stephan Bonnar may not be looked at as a guy on his way to a title bout, but he is on a three-fight winning streak and is currently without an opponent. 

    Bonnar has never been knocked out cold or submitted in his MMA career. 

    People may not believe Bonnar is a worthy opponent, but he's currently free and would make a great fight for Henderson. 

Loser of Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz

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    Who said that Dan Henderson had to stay in the light heavyweight division?

    If the right opportunity was presented to him, Henderson could possibly move back down to middleweight.

    With the winner of Sonnen and Munoz most likely getting Anderson Silva, facing Henderson would be a good challenge for the loser. 

    It would also give Henderson a warm-up match at middleweight before facing the champion.