Dan Henderson believes he will be able to fight again before 2012 is over. "Hendo" injured his knee and was forced to pull out of a planned encounter with Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 151 on September 1.
Henderson, while appearing on The MMA Hour Monday, said he hopes to still face Jones for the belt in the future. Currently, Jones is set to defend his title at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort against Vitor Belfort.
"Whatever I need to do, I just want to fight," Henderson said. "I think myself and the fans would like to see me have that title fight, especially against Jon Jones."
Henderson injured his MCL during a training session roughly three weeks before it was confirmed he would not fight Jones. The news was kept within his camp, as the former Pride and Strikeforce champion tried to remain on the card.
"I was very optimistic," Henderson said. "I had just under a month before the fight, so I was pretty optimistic it would get better. As long as I was moving forward and backward, it wasn't too bad."
After consulting with UFC president Dana White and UFC medical personnel, it was decided that Henderson could not face Jones.
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