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Henderson not interested in Machida fight

ESPN staff
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UFC president Dana White and Dan Henderson appear to be at loggerheads once again after White revealed Hendo is not interested in a potential match-up with Lyoto Machida.

Henderson, having turned 40, has no interest in wasting the fights he has remaining in his career, even for a man of Machida's reputation. Having returned to the UFC as the Strikeforce champion, Henderson is hunting UFC gold.

Target number one is Jon Jones' light-heavyweight belt, something Henderson is convinced he has earned the right to challenge for after winning the Fight of the Year against Mauricio Shogun Rua.

However, Rashad Evans is next for Jones in April, meaning Hendo will have to wait until the latter part of the year if he has his eyes firmly set on 205lb gold.

Henderson's other option is the middleweight belt and a rematch with Anderson Silva. However, Silva also has a busy schedule with Chael Sonnen on the horizon, so it appears Henderson will remain inactive despite Machida expressing his wish to fight the veteran.

"He doesn't want to fight Machida," White said to MMA Junkie. "He doesn't want to wait [either]. He's going to have to wait. Who does he want to fight? I mean, I don't know what to do with Dan.

"Dan's either going to have to wait for Jones and Evans or wait for Silva - or fight somebody else. It's pretty simple."

Henderson recently expressed his wish to fight around April time, something that does not make a title bout possible. The Greco Roman wrestler did hint at a heavyweight bout, so that may present the answer.

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