After being forced out of this Saturday's now infamously canceled UFC 151 event due to a knee injury, Dan Henderson received a bit of good news. The torn MCL Henderson suffered training for his title fight against light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not require surgery.
"No surgery is needed, luckily, but I've just got to immobilize it and ice it a lot for the next three or four weeks and then rehab it a little bit," Henderson told Inside MMA. "Hopefully, they said I'd be 100 percent in three to four months."
That puts Henderson in line for the UFC's annual end of the year show, this year falling on December 29 at UFC 155. It's a date he's targeting for a return, but with the organization already committing to a heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, it seems unlikely that they'd be willing to toss in a co-main event featuring a light-heavyweight tilt when there are many other PPV's they need to sell.
UFC President Dana White has been non-committal on Henderson's status when he returns but did reference Rashad Evans' situation where a series of injuries to both he and Jones forced the former champion to take other fights while waiting again for another shot at the light-heavyweight title.
In any event, Henderson is unclear about his standing in the division when he returns.
"I don't know [if I'll still get a title shot when I return]. I didn't ask what was gonna happen if I didn't take the [UFC 151] fight," Henderson said. "It wasn't going to be a part of my decision making process. I wanted to make sure I made the right decision for the right reasons.
"I still don't know what's gonna happen. I can only hope that I'm still in line for that title shot."