Though the Bay Area boasts a lot of talent in regards to the sport of MMA, one of California's most prominent fighters is Dan Henderson. He's held gold just about everywhere on the planet, and has beaten some of the best MMA has to offer. He'll easily go down as one of the best to fight in the sport, and his right hand may just be the most devastating force in the sport today, even though he'll turn 42 years-old in 2012.
Henderson left Strikeforce as its light heavyweight championship, and is fresh off a big win over Mauricio Rua, another PRIDE legend in his own right. Unfortunately for Henderson, it doesn't look like he'll be getting a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship soon, given how things played out at UFC on Fox 2: Evans vs. Davis. Henderson was offered a fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, but declined it in hopes that he might be getting a title shot.
What he needed to happen ... didn't happen, however. Henderson needed Phil Davis to score the upset over Rashad Evans, but that didn't happen, with "Sugar" likely taking at least four of the five rounds convincingly. Davis just didn't have anything for Rashad's seasoned style, and now Evans has earned himself a shot at Jon Jones and the Light Heavyweight Championship. Had Davis won the fight, he likely would have had to have another fight to get a title shot, but the loss to Evans sets him back.
With Anderson Silva likely fighting Chael Sonnen next for the Middleweight Championship, it looks like Henderson will need to fight to keep busy. A matchup with Lyoto Machida, who lost to Jones in his last fight, seems likely. One has to be pulling for "Hendo" in that fight, given how close he is to the end of his career ... another title would be a great addition to his legacy.