After finding out he would be receiving the next title shot when reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones defends his title against Rashad Evans in April, former two-division Pride champion Dan Henderson has no doubts that either guy could walk away the victor and is prepared to take on the winner, whoever it is.
With four wins under his belt since leaving the UFC, including knockout wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Rafael Cavalcante and Renato Sobral, Henderson wants another chance at winning a UFC title, and it may come against one of the more dominant champions in Jones.
Even with Jones' impressive wins over Mauricio Rua, Lyoto Machida and Jackson, Henderson still believes Evans can overcome the odds and emerge a champion again.
"Don't count out Rashad Evans," Henderson said in an interview with ESPN. "Everybody's assuming it will be Jones, but Rashad is a good fighter too."
"Rashad got a lot of criticism for his last performance, but I thought he fought really well, really solid," Henderson said of Evans' fight with Phil Davis. "Jon Jones is tough but Rashad could definitely come out winning."
Since losing the title to Machida in 2009, Evans has won four bouts against Davis, Tito Ortiz, Jackson and Thiago Silva. Before becoming champion, he defeated Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Michael Bisping.
Jones became the youngest champion in the history of the UFC when he stopped "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128. It was the second of four bouts in 2011 that led him to having arguably the greatest single year of any mixed martial artist.
"He (Evans) will definitely put Jones on his back if he fights like he did against Phil Davis," Henderson continued. "Rashad's the better wrestler, it's just that Jones is awkward. But Jones wouldn't be able to stop him taking him down for that long."
UFC 145 will be available on pay-per-view on April 21. Main card bouts include Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills, Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell, Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald, Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin and Mark Bocek vs. Matt Wiman.