This is just stupid. If he wants to fight at a higher weight class and not defend his title then just strip him of the title.
Also if Maia beats Marquardt then he deserves an immediate title shot. He would have been 6-0 in the UFC. He shouldn't have to fight any one else.
Henderson doesn't deserve anything. He only has two wins at MW since he lost to Silva (the Franklin win was at LHW). He hasn't done enough to warrant another title shot. Not when you have guy's like Maia and Okami (and Marquardt if he beats Maia) who have actually earned their title shots and are being screwed out of it because of politics.
"Nothing like a strangulation to get the circulation going."