With the win talk inevitably turned to a potential rescheduled fight with Dan Henderson and the former Pride champion is set to start training against next month.
He has already booked flights for Singapore where he will be training with the Evolve MMA fight team who are led by Chatri Sityodtong and Henderson’s long term trainer Heath Sims.
Coincidentally Rich Franklin, who lost a split decision to Henderson in 2009, will be at Evolve MMA at the same time as he is heading there to prepare for his UFC on Fuel 6 bout with Cung Le in Macau.
It will be the second successive training camp that Franklin has undergone in Singapore, after heading to Evolve MMA to prepare for his UFC 147 win over Wanderlei Silva, and it seems likely that these two former adversaries will find themselves training together.
Evolve MMA is regarded as being the leading mixed martial arts facility in all of Asia largely thanks to a policy of recruiting trainers and fighters who are world champions in their respective fields. It is home to no fewer than nine BJJ black belts and the highest concentration of Muay Thai champions anywhere in the world.
Sims, a US Olympian, leads the wrestling program while former WBC lightweight world champion Yodsanan Sityodtong oversees the boxing. The Evolve Fight Team counts Shinya Aoki, Rafael Dos Anjos and ONE FC title challengers Zorobabel Moreira and Leandro Issa among its ranks and Henderson is the latest in a long line of top American fighters after Franklin and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren to travel to Singapore to spend time training there.
There is no word on Henderson’s timetable for recovery but he is heading to Singapore specifically to train alongside the Evolve MMA Fight Team meaning that a UFC Light Heavyweight title fight with the defending champion Jon Jones can’t be far from his thoughts.