What's Next For Dan Henderson?

Brian Minutoli Correspondent IJuly 12, 2009

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  (R-L) Dan Henderson connects with a right to Mike Bisping during their middleweight bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

After Dan Hendersons bone chilling destruction of Michael Bisping on Saturday night at UFC 100 in Las Vegas, Bispings giant ego wasn't the only thing left in shambles.

Henderson stalked Bisping for just under two rounds before finally taking adavantage of a small opening and giving UFC fans the best knockout display in quite some time. 

It was speculated that the UK native Bisping would've recieved a title shot, had he been able to knock off the 38 year old Henderson. Instead Bisping suffered a fate that proved to be the complete opposite. 

Fans are now left wondering where the future of Dan Henderson lies.

Henderson fought for the middleweight title at UFC 82 in March of 2008 against the still current champ Anderson Silva. After winning the first round, Henderson was quick to fall victim to Silva's stellar Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and was ultimately submitted with a rear naked choke in the final minute of the second round.

It seems as if the UFC wants to make sure that the next person who recieves a middleweight title shot is ready and proves to be a legitimate title contender.

It has recently been announced that former number one contender Nate Marquardt will do battle with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Damian Maia August 29th at UFC 102 in Portland.

Either one of these fighters would be an interesting and extremley exciting matchup for Dan Henderson.

Could the UFC have planned on giving the winner of that fight the title all along? Or perhaps the winner will face Dan Henderson in an extremley competitive and entertaining number one contender match. 

No matter what Dana White and Joe Silva have in mind, one thing stands certain Dan Hendersons dismantaling of Michael Bisping Saturday night made the UFC's middleweight division alot more exciting.