I really don't know how much of a claim Hendo has for the title right now.
I think that Maia or Leites, both fighters who have yet to be given the opportunity of a title shot should be considered before Hendo being that they have both dominated as of late and Hendo will be competing against Franklin at LHW? I really don't know how that'll give him the reasoning power to say he deserves another go at the champ.
Personally, I think Leites/Maia should have a number one contenders fight soon, and Marquardt and Hendo should fight it out after, with the winner of that challenging for the MW title later this year. I think Hendo should prove himself against Nate before he goes against Silva again.
MY MMA RANKINGS
HW Velasquez Cigano Werdum Cormier Bigfoot Barnett Mir Browne Nelson
LHW Jones Machida Evans Hendo Davis Goose Teixeira Shogun Mousasi Bader
MW ASilva Belfort Weidman Jacare Okami Rockhold Kennedy Consta Bisping Boetsch
WW GSP Hendricks Condit MacDonald Diaz Maia Fitch Kampmann Ellenberger Pyle
LW Bendo Alvarez Maynard Melendez Thomson J.Miller Diaz Pettis Chandler Grant dos Anjos
FW Aldo Mendes Curran Lamas Frankie Zombie Cub Lentz Kawajiri Siver