The UFC’s Light Heavyweight division is logjammed at the top of the heap. With Jon Jones set to defend his UFC championship against Glover Teixeira in just three weeks at UFC 172, he potentially has his next two challengers waiting in the wings.
According to a report from UFC Tonight, the winner of the Daniel Cormier vs Dan Henderson matchup at UFC 175 on July 5th will get a UFC Light Heavyweight title shot. The bout is likely to co-main as the Middleweight championship between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida headlines.
Daniel Cormier recently dropped down to Light Heavyweight, where he defeated late replacement Pat Cummins by TKO in the first round at UFC 170. Cormier was initially set to fight former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, but Evans was injured just 10 days before the fight.
Dan Henderson recently broke out of a three fight losing streak by knocking out Shogun Rua in the third round of their epic rematch at UFC Fight Night 38. Henderson was badly hurt in both rounds 1 and 2, but came storming back in the third with a classic Henderson right hand KO.
Cormier or Henderson will of course have to wait for Alexander Gustafsson to get his title shot and potential rematch with Jon Jones. Gustafsson recently defeated Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 in London. Gustafsson dominated Manuwa, defeating the previously undefeated Englishman by TKO in the second round.
We also can not forget about Phil Davis, who is riding a three fight winning streak and is set to fight Anthony Johnson at UFC 172. How could the UFC deny Davis a title shot if he gets his fourth win in a row? Davis has been talking about Jones quite a lot recently, likely in hopes of selling a potential fight between the two.
FanSided will keep you informed as the Light Heavyweight division sorts itself out.