Dan Henderson: Fans Wouldn't Be "Interested" Seeing Me Face Rogerio Nogueira
Dan Henderson only has a few fights in mind before he calls it a career, and a bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira doesn't appear to be one of them.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Henderson turned down a proposed fight between himself and the Brazilian, which would have seen the former Pride stars square off in a rematch dating back to 2005, which saw Nogueira submit the American in the first round.
While appearing on "Clinch Gear Radio" on Sirius XM, Henderson explained that he didn't feel like it'd be a fight that would draw any real interest from fans.
"I didn't think the fans would be interested in that fight, and not as much time as I would like to prepare for a five-round fight," Henderson said. "It would have kept me active right now, but I'm OK waiting a little bit. We'll see what happens with the Rashad (Evans) fight and go from there."
While he hardly showed interest in a rematch with Nogueira, Henderson did not rule out a potential bout with "Lil Nog" if it were to be a three-round contest as opposed to the five-round bout he was previously offered.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement on "UFC Tonight" and said if Evans were to be victorious over Phil Davis at UFC on FOX 2, he would earn a title shot against Jon Jones later this year.
White also said had Henderson agreed to face Nogueira, the winner of that bout would meet the winner of Jones vs. Evans for the light heavyweight title.
UFC light heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson has since stepped in to face Nogueira; he will headline UFC on Fuel 2 in his homeland of Sweden on April 14.
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